All posts tagged: information

Wikipedia and the Massive Power of Common People

Wikipedia has become indispensable in todays world. Almost everyone with internet access relies on Wikepedia for information. It has become part of our very life and a critical source of knowledge to billions of people worldwide. Nearly 400 million people use Wikipedia and its sister sites every month which make 4.8 billion people every year – almost a third of the Internet-connected world uses it every month. Though we all know Wikipedia as a powerful single source for almost all of human knowledge, this column is to highlight the model and the people behind Wikipedia. 100% Powered by Volunteers and Donations Wikipedia is the work of thousands of volunteers around the world who collaborate over the internet to write and edit articles. All the articles that we read are 100% written by volunteers, mostly anonymous who work for free. The rapid, unstoppable growth that Wikipedia has achieved in just under a decade may not have been possible if not for the founders adopting the openly editable model. The openly editable model allows people from any …

IPaidABribe : Anonymously Report all Bribes You Pay

IPaidABribe.com (IPAB) is an initiative to tackle corruption in India – a country currently ranked as 70th on the list of the least corrupt countries in the world. For the first time ever, India now has a web platform where people can report corruption incidents and bribes they’ve paid. This data is used to analyze corruption trends, lobby government bodies into taking action against officials, or change procedures encouraging corruption within government departments. The data also helps to determine which government services are most corruption prone. Reporting Corruption made Easy On the IPAB website, you can register old and recent bribes paid. Users can report the nature, location, frequency and amounts of bribes paid or demanded. By sourcing bribe reports from millions of Indians on the website, Janagraaha, the organization behind the initiative, is able to map bribes occurring across cities. In order to report an incident, citizens are encouraged to visit the IPAB website and complete an online form. All reports are collected anonymously. IPAB does not store the name or contact details of …