The Global Influence of the US on Corruption
By Jake Taylor, Marketing –
There’s a modern push against corruption unlike any other in history, and it originated in the U.S. In the 1970s, a man named Rod Hills began a campaign within the U.S. to lift the veil of secrecy that hides corruption. From his work, as well as the efforts of others, a global push to stem corruption began to grow.
Today, corruption is a significant topic in global politics. Recent studies show the vast reach of unethical behavior, further validating the need to fight against it. It would seem that even China has now joined the bandwagon in full force with its push for anti-corruption legislation.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
However one critical and unspoken question still remains — where is the U.S. dialogue about anti-corruption? While this has been a hot topic in the past, the time has come for movers and shakers to once again address the issue.
One reason why corruption might not be such a buzz topic for Americans today is the idea of “out of sight, out of mind.” While the U.S. experiences its fair share of corruption, it does not seem nearly as common as you might encounter in Latin America or Russia. Regardless of that perception, the cost of corruption is great everywhere and all most do their part to address it.
Another reason why people in the U.S. don’t discuss corruption as much as they did before is because of how much of it goes undiscovered. Corrupt people are using smarter tactics and technologies to avoid detection. To combat this, people in authority need smarter tactics and technologies in their corner. Enter lie detection onto the scene.
Lie Detection — A Few Challenges
Accuracy is a major problem with most current lie detection methods. Many have less than 50 percent accuracy, depending on the situation.
Polygraph tests specifically are time consuming, require a specially trained test administrator, and are actually not as accurate in general pre-screening as they are in specific crime-scene type interrogation.
A New Player on the Scene
There is a new option on the lie detector market, and it’s a major upgrade to the efficiency and effectiveness of mass screenings. This new method is the EyeDetect® system.
EyeDetect tests are much faster and easier to administer than a polygraph test, and therefore can be applied more easily to mass settings. A quick, 30-minute general screening of government employees could easily determine who is honest and who should no longer work in a position of trust.
The time has come for the U.S. to get off the sidelines and resume its place as the worldwide leader against corruption. The economic and political influence that America has in the world is unmatched, and if America applies simple steps in reducing and monitoring corruption within its own borders, using such tools as EyeDetect for general screenings, the U.S. would quickly find itself with a better nation and a better standing amongst the world’s leaders.