Internet-based social media has profoundly changed the way we engage with others in the private and public sphere. Social activists, political campaigners, NGOs, government and business all increasingly make use of the connective power of these communication tools to mobilise support, produce knowledge, deliver services and engage with their stakeholders. Inspiring examples for innovative use of social media tools for fighting corruption and fostering sustainable development have emerged all over the world.

This blog started in the run-up to the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference will accompany a workshop on “ACCOUNTABILITY 2.0: Using social media to change how we fight corruption” innovative solutions, links and ideas that will feed into the workshop itself.

Focused on the potential for collaborative knowledge generation and advocacy through social media tools, the workshop will offer perspectives from vanguard civil society organisations, private sector experts and activists. Expert speakers will demonstrate how social media is used to advance corporate social responsibility, government accountability and political integrity and human rights. The workshop will provide a platform to share practicalexperience with these tools with a broader governance and anti-corruption audience and inspire a discussion on how social media tools can be best appropriated for the fight against corruption. The central proposition is that social media is rapidly changing the way social networks and political action are organised and experienced by younger generations all around the world.

For the time being Georg and Conrad will be blogging here in the leadup to the IACC, but we hope that soonest, some of our colleagues who will be on the panel at the conference will join us.


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