tiny poll shows small suspicion of foreign corruption

NEWS Nearly 52 weeks after it started, a year-long poll into corruption shows only a tiny majority of visitors cast a vote - with an even tinier majority believing corruption comes mostly from foreign influences. The corruption poll has just 15 hours left to run. Only 38 people from thousands of visitors to the Avaiki Nius Agency blog site have so far voted in the poll. DOZEN Of them, a dozen believe corruption comes from foreign influences. A slightly larger number - 14 - believe corruption is about half and half between local and foreign origins. Ten out of 38 voters believe corruption is mostly "local." Site monitoring services suggest 20,000 unique visitors to the small agency site since going online in May 2004. " EMBARASSING " "It's a bit embarassing to be an advocate for web2 and have so few visitors to my own sites," says agency editor Jason Brown. "As a voluntary effort, I like to delude myself that the agency has a small but influential role to play." Volunteering thousands of hours to web2 futures over the last four years, Brown urges colleagues to take part in the poll before the clock runs out roughly 15 hours from now. WIDER RESPONSE, PLEASE "And to share the link with as wide a range of networks as they can, to get a wider response base to the poll." A better response would help answer questions over whether corruption is caused by mostly foreign or local influences, or half and half, says the agency editor. Avaiki Nius Agency has previously criticised well known organisations like Transparency International, for focusing mainly on the symptoms, not causes of corruption. However, that viewpoint is not one widely shared, at least not among the tiny poll response so far, with the clock ticking down to the last dozen or so hours. . . .

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