This article was first published in the Internet Policy Review

The Panama Papers have been described as “biggest leak in the history of data journalism” with approximately 11.5 million documents provided by an anonymous source to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. For all the things that made the Panama Papers exceptional, they also represent the latest step in a development that roughly started in 2010, when WikiLeaks cooperated with The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel to publish the Afghan war logs. Compared to the Panama Papers, this leak was tiny: a spreadsheet with 92.201 rows describing military…

Stefan Baack

PhD from @univgroningen. Associate researcher @hiig_berlin. Interests: journalism, civic tech, datafication, democratic theory

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