Last week, I read a book about Right to Information, Thagaval Ariyum Urimai Chattam (Tamil) Kindle Edition
This book describes the history, usages, processes to apply for RTI, and about the murders, threats for the RTI activists.
The history, usage, examples are interesting. But, it seems that we may get murder threats, or get murdered by the unknown people. Few RTI activists lost their life because of asking questions about the scams and brought them out to public.
Sometimes, to bring bad name for any activist, fake RTI applications are produced by their names. For example, to give trouble to an activist, fake RTI was raised asking about a temple on a road side. Govt people tried to demolish the temple. When people asked, they told his name and he only raised RTI. The anger people yelled at him. Then he had to explain that he did not raised that RTI.
All these happens, because, we have to give our Name and full address when applying for RTI.
Currently, there is no option to apply as anonymous. When we give a track to find us, they will find us for sure.
Thinking on a system to make RTI applying fully anonymous. This is a mixture of software, hardware and good hearted, bold people.
Currently, we can apply for RTI ourself, or via any organization like DYFI. Still, they need our address. If they put their address, when someone asks for the source of the RTI, they may give our details.
What we need is, the organization should not know any details about the RTI applicant.
Imagining the following system.
- There should an organization, which can collect requests from common people, via online form or email or mobile app, anonymously.
- They apply for RTI with their address
- They announce the RTI application info with a unique id on their site
- Once the Information is received, they publish the results with the unique id on their website
- The original RTI applicant, checks the site and with the unique id, he can find the info.
To hide all traces of the RTI application, he should use Tor network systems. If the information from the govt is too private, we should explore the system of Public Key, Private key encryption systems to transfer the information between various networks.
There is a online site that does RTI request on behalf us. https://onlinerti.com This asks for our address and online payment of Rs 200. The proposed organization can act similarly.
The next problem is online payment for the organization. Is there any way to send money anonymously online? if not, the organization should get donations and make it as a free service.
If we can create such an organization where we can hide our details 100%, more people will come forward to apply RTI for public issues.
Is it possible to create such an organization?
How can we use the latest technologies to provide 100% anonimisity for the RTI applicants?
Share your thoughts.
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