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“CORRECT OR CORRUPT?” - a mobile Application mainly for teenagers intended to raise awareness concerning corruption and bribery

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New media are the tools of choice when striving to reach civil society, young people in particular, and attempting to raise their awareness of anticorruption issues. Mobile applications are a preferred medium to obtain and exchange information, particularly for the target group of adolescents and young adults.


The Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) thus developed an app prototype in cooperation with Höhere Technische Lehranstalt or HTL (secondary technical school) in Mistelbach, Lower Austria.


The aim of the app is to sensitize young people to matters regarding corruption, ethics and integrity. School students were intensely involved in the app’s development process, for the app to turn out as target-group oriented as possible. Programming and conceptual preparatory work was carried out by student teams as part of their final exams.


The app features twelve character levels, to be explored and completed one after the other in a fun and playful way. Each character confronts the user with 10 to 15 different situations, with three possible solutions each, one of which the player will choose. The app puts users in everyday dilemma situations with regard to corruption or ethically correct behaviour. Once the player has made a decision, this choice has an impact on future decisions, which illustrates, among other things, the problem of structural corruption. Depending on decisions made, the app user wins a certain amount of points. Upon successful completion of one character, the player unlocks the next level. The following hierarchy of characters (levels) is available: high school student – university student – insurance agent – teacher – athlete – car mechanic – bar owner – police officer – civil servant at a district authority – doctor – bank clerk – politician.


A 45-second animated promotion video was also produced. Its aim is to adequately introduce “CORRECT OR CORRUPT?” to the target group in social networks and social media, and to inform potential users on download portals about the app’s functionalities and content. The app has been available for free at Apple and Google Play Stores since mid-December 2017.


Additionally, the BAK and the Ministry of the Interior together started a public campaign on Facebook and Instagram. The BAK published a competition on Facebook: the participant with the highest score won a day with the Austrian Flight Police. Furthermore, the BAK promoted the App at BAK Anti-Corruption School Projects, e.g. by distributing postcards on the subject.


The App “Correct or corrupt” was finally evaluated by a group of sociology students through a survey among the focus group, with the result that the App was capable of achieving the goal of raising awareness.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Anti-Corruption, Prevention, Raising awareness, Mobile App, Student involvement
Short English description: The Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) thus developed an app prototype in cooperation with Höhere Technische Lehranstalt or HTL (secondary technical school) in Mistelbach, Lower Austria.

The aim of the app is to sensitize young people to matters regarding corruption, ethics and integrity. School students were intensely involved in the app’s development process, for the app to turn out as target-group oriented as possible. Programming and conceptual preparatory work was carried out by student teams as part of their final exams.

Further information
Organisation: Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption
Other applicants:
Homepage: https://www.bak.gv.at/301/praevention_edukation/correct_or_corrupt/
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


“CORRECT OR CORRUPT?” - a mobile Application mainly for teenagers intended to raise awareness concerning corruption and bribery (48.209106225609, 16.365930140018)
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