Global Politics

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.


Conflict & Justice

On the way to Tahrir Square

Hundreds of people stood in line in Cairo on Friday, waiting to get into Tahrir Square, the center of the anti-government protests. Ursula Lindsey stopped to speak to a few of them, and sent us this report.