We have been working with ¿Quién Compró?, a group of Mexican journalists, to liberate publicly available data on politicians’ expenses. After transforming thousands of paper receipts into machine-readable data, we supported ¿Quién Compró? in creating a microtasking platform to engage the public in identifying how Mexican government officials are actually spending public funds.
Increasing accountability by digitising politicians’ expenses in Mexico
A group of Mexican investigative journalists came together to tackle one of the most significant problems facing the country: public sector corruption. To take a closer look at how members of Mexico’s Congress were spending public funds, they wanted to liberate, digitize and visualize the receipts for their expenditures.
The Engine Room supported ¿Quién Compró? by recommending a data structure and methods for data-entry and digitising receipts. We also worked with them to configure and optimise their server, helping them collect data more efficiently.