I recently saw those advertising trucks driving around Chiang Mai, but this
time instead of a movie or a big sale they were advertising a mobile
application called Bribespot. I was quite surprised so looked it up.
From their website:
“Bribespot is anonymous service for reporting and tracking bribes online. We
allow people to share their stories and explore interactive maps of their
communities on the go - using our smartphone apps - and on our website.
We believe that the more users contribute to Bribespot, the easier it will
be to identify hotspots of corruption in any given city and devise effective
measures of tackling petty bribery
Artas Bartas proposed an international team of geeks & designers gathered at
Garage 48 hackathon in Tallinn, Estonia to build a mobile app for tracking
bribes. What started as a fun weekend geeking around & building a crude
prototype, soon turned into an social project aimed to promote the use of
clever technologies to tackle petty corruption.
Long after the excitement of the creative weekend was gone, we continued
bootstrapping our idea and talking to activists, lawyers, journalists and
security experts about the ways to improve the service. The result of these
discussions is anonymous reporting platform you see today. We continue
extending and improving the service offering and hope you will join us in
spreading the word about this initiative.”
I thought this was quite interesting and wondered how many people were
reporting in Thailand. It seems it hasn’t yet caught on here as there are 67
reports nationwide. A few from foreigners but most of the reports are in
Thai. I wonder if this will catch on? Will it make a difference if it does?
And if people know they can’t get out of breaking the law by paying a bribe
will they still break the law? All interesting things to ponder.
for hazardous waste
Recently someone asked in the newspaper about the bins for recycling hazardous
waste. I recently visited the Tessaban offices with my wife across from the U.S.
Consulate where I found this sitting in front of the new building.
I remembered reading here that one was there and in front of Icon. We drove past
Icon Plaza on the way to the Tessaban but I didn’t see one out in front. Maybe
it is in the parking lot, but it is not on the street. However, there was this
one so I happily dropped off my supply of used AA batteries and an old laptop
I was interested to see that they had a box for spray cans as well as one for
fluorescent light tubes. I would like to know if any readers know of other more
easily accessible places that I can find these bins as I am happy to send them
in for proper disposal.
Update on Nong Air
This is an update on Air, the little Karen girl that was tortured by that couple
in Kampaeng Phet.
She is out of hospital and back at the Care Home in Kampaeng Phet. She can now
use both her arms quite well and her back is a lot better. She will stay at the
home where the administrators are meeting to find her a school to attend, they
feel it will benefit Air to be with other youngsters of her age.
Her Mother and Father visit her quite often and are able to live in Thailand.
The Thai Government have paid for all her treatment, but as so much of her body
was burnt with the boiling water not much can be done in the way of skin grafts.
Such a shame.
There is a trust fund set up for her, I hope to get to the Care Home next Month
and see her and get details of the trust fund.
I have written my autobiography, it won’t be a world’s best seller, but who
knows, when it gets on Kindle it may sell (to my friends and family)! But any
money received will go to the trust fund for Nong Air.
China to relax visa
rules for Thais
I recently read a report that Thailand and China are planning to relax visa
rules between the two countries. The visa waiver is expected to boost tourism in
the region, I know that Japan recently also allowed Thai nationals to travel to
the country without visas. I just hope that China will consider relaxing visa
rules for foreigners that are not Thai as well.
The Bank of Thailand has also expressed interest in using Yuan as a trading
currency between the two nations in place of US dollar. Apparently China has
agreed in principle, this is good news for the many expats who actually work in
China but also have a home in Thailand.
According to my bank, HSBC, they predict that by 2015, the yuan will become one
of the three most used currencies in global trade, along with the dollar and
This along with the increasing number of Chinese tourists is sure to be a boost
to the Thai economy