How ICIJ’s Datashare project will help journalists breach borders

Behind the scenes, the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations were powered by a central platform that made it possible for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ worldwide network of journalists to collaborate while exploring tens of millions of files. As successful as these probes proved, the platform failed to make searchable and to connect data stored in individual reporters’ computers.

Now comes the advent of ICIJ’s Datashare platform, which, for the first time, will allow journalists across borders to collaboratively and discreetly mine information contained in their respective documents.

To understand how it works, imagine an investigative reporter, let’s call her Gabriela, awash in a flood of potentially damning documents

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