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Started originally as an experiment by Janagraha founders Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan to understand if there is a market price for corruption across cities and departments, the site has so far got 18,000 reports. This may not reflect the spread of bribe demands, but Ivatury says it gives a rough idea of where things might be really bad.
"It is still the world's biggest resource of crowd-sourced, corruption experiences database," he says. "We are not interested in whether you paid a bribe to a, b or c, or who you are. Individuals are not important to us. The system at the back end flushes out all identities, names and IP addresses. What is important is the place where the bribe has taken place, the amount and the department."
Ipaidabribe has found popularity internationally and a group in Kenya has created its own site with the assistance of Janaagraha, says Ivatury.
"Right now we have requests from some 17 countries to replicate ipaidabribe for them. We have created a consortium of partners with whom we have an agreement to share intellectual property. We are willing to handhold them and give some of our best practices."
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