These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
2012 Corruption Perceptions Index 
“The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index Measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 176 countries and territories around the world.” READ MORE 
Mobile for Development
The Life Stories of base of pyramid mobile users in Africa and Asia 
“If you use a mobile phone, and live on Earth, you probably have a prepaid SIM and live in the developing world . But what do we know of you, your needs and habits of usage? The answer is ‘not a great deal’. And it’s been ‘not a great deal’ for a great deal of time. It was with the hope of shining a modest light into this fug of ignorance that Mobile for Development visited South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Sri Lanka in June 2012 to find and speak to some of the world’s poorest to uncover firsthand testimony about how they used mobile and the impact it had on their lives.” READ MORE 
Open Gov Blog
Women, Corruption and the Open Government Partnership 
“The Open Government Partnership (OGP) offers communities around the world an opportunity to make government more accountable, and help citizens combat corruption, regardless of their gender. Even in countries where women and men enjoy “equality” in the public sphere, they are often affected by corruption in surprisingly different ways. Funds directed toward women, are more likely to be pilfered by state agents since women are often less aware of their rights, and less willing than men to hold government to account.” READ MORE 
“The widespread adoption of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registrations among African nations is a barrier to mobile phone uptake and could even be used by governments to spy on citizens.
This is according to Kevin Donovan, a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Cape Town, who is the co-author of a working paper titled ‘The Rise of African SIM Registration: Mobility, Identity, Surveillance & Resistance’.” READ MORE 
“A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared it has become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings are still very high in many countries. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world.
Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable.” READ MORE 
Political Efficacy on the Internet: A Media System Dependency Approach 
“Just presented at the NCA 2012 Convention, Orlando FL, Top Papers in Political Communication panel. This study takes an MSD approach to look at the impact of the Internet on political efficacy. The results show that online political efficacy is associated with the perceived comprehensiveness and credibility of online news. Efficacy is also linked to the ability of online tools to help people maintain ideologically homogenous social networks.” READ MORE