Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Technological assistance for corruption detection and prevention

Professor Richard Jones will talk about "A high tech sleuth? Technological assistance for corruption detection and prevention" at the Austrlaian National University in Canberra, 28 March 2011:

A high tech sleuth? Technological assistance for corruption detection and prevention

Professor Richard Jones (Research School of Computer Science, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science)

COMPUTER SCIENCE SEMINAR information & Human-Centred Computing

DATE: 2011-03-28
TIME: 12:00:00 - 13:00:00
LOCATION: Theatre 2 Hedley Bull Centre, Liversidge Street, ANU
CONTACT: tom.gedeon@anu.edu.au


Aimed at a non-technical audience, this seminar, given by Dr Richard Jones, discusses ways that information technology might assist in identifying corruption at an early stage, either after a few events to prevent future corruption, or ideally before the first event. So the underlying business requirement is to identify people at risk of becoming corrupt or who may already be corrupt. The seminar discusses a range of information based methods and where, and to what extent, they might be applicable. A major focus is the importance of a system based approach to complement more traditional preventative techniques, such as integrity training and education. A major intent of such systems would be to nip corruption in the bud, to avoid the need for involving commissions set up to investigate large-scale corruption by government officials at a state or national level. It should be noted that such systems are especially important in a commercial setting, since relatively few cases of corruption will get to a judicial level for reasons that are explained in the talk. The seminar draws on the Richardas career involvement in applied software R&D into intelligence and investigative systems to look at some fielded systems as well as more experimental approaches. The Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC) was established in 2010 as a cross disciplinary Centre to bring together ANU expertise in the study of corruption. Its prime focus is research, though it will develop capacity in teaching about corruption and corruption prevention, as well as undertake technical assistance.
Richard Jones is an Adjunct Professor, Research School of Computer Science, ANU. He works on a part-time basis as Chief Scientist for Distillery Software Pty., who develop software for intelligence led computing and for a number of other small Australian companies.

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