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ICT Innovations for Transparency, Accountability and Anti-corruption: Incentives and Key Features for Implementation

Tim Davies, Research fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Open Data Research Coordinator with the Web Foundation.
Savita Bailur, Lead Researcher, mySociety

Governments adopt ICT innovations for many reasons. Different motivations for adopting these technologies shape the way they are put into practice and the impacts they may have. Whether or not a particular ICT can bring specific benefits will depend upon the design of the implementation, the incentives driving its adoption, and the wider context in which it is applied.

Drawing on an Issue Paper commissioned by U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre to Tim Davies and Silvana Fumega, this webinar provided an overview of ICT innovations for transparency and accountability, while also discussed the tradeoffs and challenges involved in the implementation of these initiatives.

The webinar aimed to promote a discussion among policy makers, advocates and funders on the need to ask critical questions about ICTs: how these innovations can be implemented in different settings, how ICTs affect the flow of information, how incentives for their adoption shape the implementation process, and how citizen engagement and the local context may affect the potential impacts of their use. In order to discuss one of the key ICT innovations, that is, the Alaveteli platform for submission of FOI requests, Savita Bailur shared some preliminary research project findings around MySociety’s work on Alavetelli in the UK and their adaptation in different countries around the world.


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