By Xan Johnson, Marketing –
Just weeks ago, the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, was suspended from office due to charges of fraud relating to COVID-19 emergency funds. Witzel was supposedly working in association with other leaders that are responsible for the embezzlement of around $70 million since 2012. He has now been put on a 180-day suspension from office, with impeachment likely just around the corner.
This money was originally to be used for the building and upkeep of various field hospitals and other health services in the area. Needless to say, the organizations to whom the money was “given” have only produced a fraction of the much-needed resources. Brazil is already struggling with the Coronavirus pandemic, having the second highest total cases in the world, just behind the US. With over 20% of the population living in slums, 126,000 total deaths, and 40,000 new cases a day, the country is in desperate need of financial and medical health.
While these recent events are terrible, corruption is not something new to Brazil. In this position alone, 4 of the 5 past governors of Brazil have been convicted of corruption charges. The most recent before Witzel was found guilty of 13 charges. The lack of integrity and civility among leaders has led to chaos and disaster among the Brazilian population.
Although difficult to shut down immediately, there are tools available that can be put in place to deter the trend of corruption in places like Brazil. One such option is a recent technology called EyeDetect® by Converus. This technology serves as an alternative to old lie-detectors such as the polygraph. It is a portable, non-invasive solution that can detect traits of deception in individuals in as little as 30 minutes.
EyeDetect, as the name suggests, can offer such incredible results by tracking patterns in the examinee’s pupil dilations. While the examinee answers a series of true or false questions asking about his involvement in various crimes, micro dilations of his eyes are picked up by advanced cameras. These dilations are a natural response to our bodies lying and cannot be controlled. This leads to a fantastic 85% accuracy in such a simple test.
It would be feasible for governments around the world, such as Brazil’s, to subject important government figures to periodic screenings questioning a variety of issues. Problems would be detected and shut down immediately, before getting out of control. This could be the solution to Brazil’s long-standing trend of corruption and fraud among governmental leaders.