Behind the Panama Papers

June 02, 2016
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest in London on April 9, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he should have handled scrutiny of his family's tax arrangements better and promised to learn the lessons after days of negative

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest in London on April 9, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday he should have handled scrutiny of his family's tax arrangements better and promised to learn the lessons after days of negative media coverage and calls for his resignation.

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Behind the Panama Papers

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June 02, 2016

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Panama Papers, 'pirates,' and an argument for how (some) data leaks can make the world a better place

Where does privacy end and accountability to society begin? The Panama Papers are only the latest massive data dump to add fuel to the fire of that debate. Smari McCarthy, a long-time information activist and innovator, and cofounder of Iceland's Pirate Party, helped process the Panama Papers, as chief technology officer for the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project. He argues that in a world of increasingly concentrated power and wealth, more transparency and direct democracy are needed to right the balance.

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