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Chile's 'Power-opedia' shines light on elites

Published on Jan 17, 2013 7:55 AM
A man looks at the Poderopedia website in Santiago, Chile, on Jan 16, 2013. Poderopedia, awarded by Knight News Challenge foundation, is a website launched at the end of 2012, which gathers information about economic investments of politics, contact and influence networks of businessmen among others, to bring to light the clash of interests in power and contribute with greater transparency. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTIAGO (AFP) - Journalists and concerned citizens can now trawl for conflicts of interest among Chile's political and business elites, thanks to a new startup based on Wikipedia.

Launched late last year, Poderopedia (Spanish for Power-opedia), aims to encourage greater transparency by shining a light on the complex network of political and business connections in the country.

The website, which already has won a Knight News Challenge prize, maps out politicians' connections based on public information, such as government and business databases, financial statements and directories.

Journalists then verify the information before mapping the connections.

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