[Podcast] Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation

The revelations of the Pandora Papers, one of the biggest journalism investigations, can’t have escaped your attention recently. 

Whilst the findings of the investigation are well-documented, this podcast covers the enabling role open company data plays in investigative reporting.

Two exciting guest speakers who were at the core of the International Consortium of Investigative Reporters’ (ICIJ) Pandora Papers investigation join Rebecca Lee, our Chief Impact Officer, to discuss the role of open company data, including data from OpenCorporates, in their work.

Former FBI International Corruption Unit Head on how data can connect the dots in cross-border financial crime investigations OpenCorporates Podcasts

Corporate opacity has long stood in the way of those investigating financial crime. Not only do shell companies and other opaque corporate structures hold us all back, but critical official data about companies is often siloed and difficult to use at scale. In this episode, we’re joined by a decorated investigator and one of the world’s leading authorities on anti-corruption to discuss how foundational data about companies helps connect the dots across borders to uncover red flags for further investigation. Speakers George “Ren” McEachern, Founder & President, TrustStorm and former FBI Acting Unit Chief, International Corruption Unit Shanti Salas, Vice President, OpenCorporates Topics What an effective cross-border investigation looks like in today’s technology-driven world How corporate opacity holds investigators back Role that data, especially data about companies, plays in helping investigators join the dots across borders What Ren thinks needs to change about the landscape for official company data to make it more amenable to investigators  Ren’s advice for those looking to leverage data to support investigations for the first time
  1. Former FBI International Corruption Unit Head on how data can connect the dots in cross-border financial crime investigations
  2. Do you know who you’re in business with?
  3. Knowledge graphs: Creating insights about companies
  4. Pandora Papers: A wake up call?
  5. Pandora Papers: How open company data enabled the investigation

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  • How company data, including data from OpenCorporates, helped support ICIJ’s Pandora Papers investigation

  • Challenges of accessing the company data needed for investigative reporting from official registries

  • Global state of access to company data, and changes our guest speakers would like to see to aid public benefit causes such as investigative reporting

  • Advice from our guest speakers for any journalists who want to start using company data in their investigations

Guest speakers:

  • Emilia Díaz-Struck, Research Editor, ICIJ

  • Delphine Reuter, Data Journalist & Researcher, ICIJ


22 minutes 

In case you missed it…

OpenCorporates recently published a response piece, where we outline why the Pandora Papers ought to act as a wake up call – highlighting (yet again) the need for open company data as a vital ingredient of corporate transparency and for society and business to push for the reforms needed to create meaningful change.
Read blog here >

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