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A new kind of map/resource: th.bribespot.com

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A new kind of map/resource: th.bribespot.com

Ever wonder where folks may be most vulnerable, to what-kind of pressure to pay a bribe? A new Web resource has been launched to document such situations. An article linked to below describes the Thai pages for Bribespot.com. Another link goes to the site itself. The developers reportedly chose Thailand for an early prototype from the developers' awareness of Thailand's less-than-stellar reputation w.r.t. corruption, and because they consider that many Thais are tech savvy and might be interested in a reporting tool, operating in Thai and English, using the Web plus mobile phone apps.

So far, the system is new. Current hot spots appear to be Bangkok (66 recorded incidents), Phuket (4), Chiang Mai (4), Pattaya (3), Hua Hin (3), with several other locations recorded with 2 or fewer events. Note that detailed locations and circumstances are given - so this enumeration is just a broad summary of very early results. As it evolves, it could better describe potential vulnerabilities of travellers and residents to bribery attempts. Note that Bribespot does not appear to handle scams-in-general, or other types of alleged crime - just bribes.

TA users are familiar with crowdsourcing. Obviously, Bribespot.com will be vulnerable to similar challenges to TA reviews and fora. Let's hope that tools, and user experience, will enable this to be a useful traveller resource.

An article describing the new resource:

ventureburn.com/2013/…

The Website:

http://th.bribespot.com/

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