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Friedrich Lindenberg talks money laundering, data transparency and pirate radio at Dark Havens

26 minutes

Friedrich Lindenberg talks me through the investigative journalism data tools developed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and details of the Azerbaijani Laundromat. He is optimistic about the potential for lasting and significant structural change to dismantle the complex financial industries that support organised crime & money laundering worldwide. We agree on the importance of pirate radio!

Organised Crime + Money Laundering + Data Journalism + OCCRP + #DNL15


Data Team Lead, OCCRP, Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, DEFriedrich Lindenberg leads the data team at OCCRP. He is responsible for the development of OCCRP Data and supports ongoing investigations where data analysis is needed. In 2014/2015, Friedrich was a Knight International journalism fellow with the International Center for Journalists, working with the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), and in 2013 he was a Knight-Mozilla Open News fellow at Spiegel Online in Hamburg. Prior to that, Friedrich was an open data activist, and worked to promote the release of government information about public finance, lobbying, procurement and law-making across the world.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is an investigative reporting platform formed by 40 non-profit investigative centers, scores of journalists and several major regional news organizations around the globe. Our network is spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. We teamed up in 2006 to do transnational investigative reporting and promote technology-based approaches to exposing organized crime and corruption worldwide.

We help journalists anywhere to trace people, companies and assets across the globe. Our team has worked on dozens of award-winning investigations in different regions. Their support is free for reporters from anywhere in the world.

DARK HAVENS PANEL LEAKING MASSIVE DATASETS: Security, Openness, and Collective Mobilisation

Ryan Gallagher (Investigative Reporter & Editor, The Intercept, UK)Friedrich Lindenberg (Data Team Lead, OCCRP, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, DE)Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli (Director, Disruption Network Lab, IT/DE)

This panel poses issues of security and openness related to the analysis of data leaks and strategies of indexing data, to journalists, technical experts, researchers, and the larger civic society. In the case of the Panama Papers (April 2016) 11.5 million financial and legal records were leaked in 2015 from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca; those were followed by the Bahamas Leaks (September 2016), where 1.3 million internal company register files were leaked; later, the Paradise Papers (November 2017) were a set of 13.4 million leaked confidential electronic documents about offshore investments. This huge amount of information was all leaked to the Süddeutsche Zeitung reporters Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer, who shared it with the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated a worldwide investigation.

Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept) and Friedrich Lindenberg (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, OCCRP) discuss the ethics of massive data leaks, security and secrecy vs. openness and transparency, as well as source protection and collective mobilisation in the analysis of the material.

DARK HAVENS Confronting Hidden Money & Power

#DNL15 DARK HAVENS brings together people from around the world who have been part of global investigations and leaks, have blown the whistle on corporations, been put on trial, and who have taken severe personal risks to confront hidden money and power.

15th conference of the Disruption Network Lab. Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. In cooperation with Transparency International.


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