Use technology to check corruption: Chinese weekly

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:40 hrs

Beijing, Aug 26 (IANS) A Communist Party of China (CPC) newspaper Monday suggested the country pay more attention to technology's role in supervising officials and curbing corruption.

China should pay closer attention to internet whistleblowing, wrote an article published in the Study Times, a weekly newspaper affiliated with the CPC, Xinhua reported.

The country's anti-graft agencies should give as much attention to internet informants as those using traditional channels and should set up a special unit to respond to them, the article said.

Plans should be drafted on how to respond to online public opinion about corrupt officials and inform netizens about the progress and results of investigations, said the article.

The article also suggested that a national real estate ownership registration database could help supervise officials and restrain corruption.

Through a national database, anti-graft agencies could more easily track down the properties of officials, and corrupt officials would face more risk when registering properties in someone else's name.

Anti-money laundering measures in the financial sector will help prevent corrupt officials from sneaking illegal money abroad, especially as a number of officials have sent their families to live overseas, the article said.

"China's anti-corruption system has yet to fully take shape. While the leadership is drawing up a comprehensive design, we should also pay more attention to technical details so as to improve the efficiency of anti-graft work and close the loopholes in our system," the article said.

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