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Improving Access to Peruvian Congress Bills with Scrapy

Improving Access to Peruvian Congress Bills with Scrapy

Many governments worldwide have laws enforcing them to publish their expenses, contracts, decisions, and so forth, on the web. This is so the general public can monitor what their representatives are doing on their behalf. However, government data is usually only available in a hard-to-digest format. In this post, we’ll show how you can use web scraping to overcome this and make government data more actionable. Congress Bills in Peru For the sake of transparency, Peruvian Congress provides a website…

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How Web Scraping is Revealing Lobbying and Corruption in Peru

How Web Scraping is Revealing Lobbying and Corruption in Peru

Update: With the release of the Panama Papers, a reliable means of exposing corruption and the methods of money laundering and tax evasion are now even more important. Web scraping provides an avenue to find, collate, and organize data without relying on information leaks. Paid political influence and corruption continue to be major issues in a surprising number of countries throughout the world. The recent “Operation Lava Jato” in Brazil, in which officials from the state company Petrobras were accused of taking bribes from construction…

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