This underdeveloped African country is using Big Data to combat corruption (India can learn from them)

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Issues like black money and money laundering are common in many countries. Sierra Leone, an underdeveloped country to the West of Africa, has got a solution to this increasing problem. Sierra Leone, which has seen trade in illicit diamonds, is now using new technology to counter the problem. The problem of corruption in India is deep-rooted and enhanced technology and innovative ideas are needed to weed out the menace. In this scenario, this could be an ideal solution from Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone has taken pains to establish the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI) and deploy solutions for societal problems. The agency works out of the Office of the President, are now using Big Data and data mining techniques to fight corruption. Sierra Leone ranks a paltry 130 out of 180 countries ranked in the corruption index by Transparency International with a score of 30 i which indicates high levels of corruption according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2017.

According to the International Telecommunications Union, in Sierra Leone, only 3 out of 100 people have an internet connection which has a population of 7 million. The agency aims to “create the world’s first government quantum network for data encryption.” Recently India has also taken several steps to curb corruption, and the Prime Minister’s Office has been asked by the Central Information Commission to disclose complaints of corruption received against Union ministers. The CIC has also asked the PMO to take action against them.