Unravelling the Panama Papers with Hamish Boland-Rudder

In this podcast episode, we hear from Hamish Boland-Rudder, the online editor of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as he reveals the processes behind the Panama Papers and more recent Bahama Leaks.

Hamish was invited to speak as a guest of both the Melbourne Networked Society Institute and Neo4J. His talk is titled 'Secrecy for Sale: Unravelling the Panama Papers'.

The Panama Papers were a milestone event in data journalism and mobile collaboration. It began with leaked information from an anonymous source delivered to a German newspaper who soon realised the volume of data they had been given was immense. They called on the help of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and soon 107 media companies from over 80 countries were working on the data.

The aftermath of the Panama Papers is still making headlines today. They have revealed many illegal activities such as fraud and tax evasion, but perhaps more importantly they have illustrated how the perfectly legal system of offshore business entities works. This has given rise to discussion and questioning of why such a system is legal and what role it plays in our increasingly globalised and connected world.

In this talk you will learn step-by-step the approach ICIJ took in turning a large amount of mostly unstructured data into a searchable, visually engaging system for journalists. It is an intriguing and thoughtful talk showing how journalism can work in a global networked society.

Hamish delivered this talk to an absolutely packed theatre at the University of Melbourne in September 2016. We hope you enjoy listening to it here and join in the conversation on Twitter with @MelbNSI.

The MNSI Public Lectures podcast delivers talks from thought leaders and experts around connectivity, technology, futurism and other topics facing the networked society. It is available on SoundClound and Stitcher. Coming soon to iTunes.

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