Did you ever have to pay a bribe to get a new passport or driving license and got really angry about it? Many people in Cambodia are sick of having to pay their way through the bureaucratic maze and not being able to complain about it.
To give people all over the world an outlet to anonymously report cases of corruption, app developer Artas Bartas launched the Bribespot app in August 2013. It is available worldwide on iPhones, Android phones and on the web.
The idea: mark places where bribes were asked for on Google Maps and include information on how much money was asked and in what situation.
The app is still widely unknown; not many cases of bribery have been reported in Cambodia so far – but not because bribery is not happening.
Cambodia was ranked 157th out of 174 countries for transparency in the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index.
But can reporting a bribe on an app really help fight corruption?
Bribespot failed to respond to questions from LIFT about how the app helps to fight bribery and what impact it has had on corruption.
The reports made with the app cannot be used for criminal prosecution because those who enter the reports are kept anonymous.
Do you think a mere bribe-reporting tool that doesn’t have any legal consequences can help fight corruption?