Last November, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the Paradise Papers, a yearlong investigation on the offshore dealings of multinational companies and the wealthy. Four hundred journalists from more than 60 countries worked together, sifting through 13 million documents to uncover stories about Trump associates, the Canada prime minister’s chief fundraiser, and jets from the Isle of Man, among other things. Pierre Romera offers a behind-the-scenes look into the process and explores the challenges in handling 1.4 TB of data (in many different formats) and making it available securely to journalists all over the world.
Pierre Romera is the chief technology officer at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), where he manages a team of programmers working on the platforms that enabled more than 300 journalists to collaborate on the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers investigations. Previously, he cofounded Journalism++, the Franco-German data journalism agency behind the Migrant Files, a project that won the European Press Prize in 2015 for Innovation. He is one of the pioneers of data journalism in France.
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