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Legal and Cybersecurity issues of Whistleblowing and Disclosure on the Internet (Panama Papers)

This is my talk on Legal and Cybersecurity issues of Disclosure on the Internet - slides available at bottom of post. The Internet Society was invited to co-host this event "Unraveling the Panama Papers (and Bahamas Leaks) - Secrecy for Sale" organized by REAL Analytics Pte Ltd. 
Event synopsis: For an afternoon of intrigue into how the Panama Papers (and Bahamas Leaks) investigation was done, and the Legal and Cybersecurity issues of Disclosures on the Internet, please come join us as we explore these issues and processes and technologies behind this ground breaking expose. The world of offshore finance is a murky one. In order to conceal the private lives and fortunes of the world’s most rich and powerful, ownership of cash and assets are deliberately obscured. It’s a world driven by vast networks with multiple layers of account ownership and company structures all with a singular aim: hiding money. In early 2014, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) launched a major investigation after two French journalists – GĂ©rard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme – received access to a massively complex dataset detailing over 100,000 private bank accounts of the Swiss branch of HSBC. The Swiss Leaks investigation involved over 150 reporters from more than 45 countries analyzing this enormous leaked dataset composed of over 60,000 files – so we’re talking a very deep inside view of the secret world of Swiss banking. So, how did ICIJ tackle this larger-than-life investigation into the shady world of offshore finance?

Below is the presentation by Hamish Boland-Rudder on how they managed and processed the immense amount of data from the Panama Papers and made it available for journalists all over the world to investigate and report.

  • The Panama Papers - Secrecy for Sale, by Mr Hamish Boland-Rudder, ICIJ's Online Editor 
  • Demonstration - How a graph database technology like Neo4j was used by journalist and investigators the world over to decipher the secrets in the Panama Papers dataset. 
Hamish Boland-Rudder is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist (ICIJ) online editor. He spent two years running the breaking news website for The Canberra Times in Australia, which included coordinating digital coverage of elections, major sporting events, and live coverage of significant natural disasters.


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