#PanamaPapers: Hackers, activists and open data fans. Transparency International needs you!

160502PanamaPapersHackThe Panama Papers leak on 3 April was the largest data dump in history, revealing some of the dodgy deals and corrupt practices of the rich and the powerful. From the oil company which used Mossack Fonseca’s services to avoid paying $400 million dollars in tax to Uganda, to the Azerbaijani President’s extensive control over the country’s mining assets, the leak has shed light on the darker side of secrecy.

The impact has been explosive – the Icelandic Prime Minister was forced to resign, ministers have also been forced to leave office. The Papers have further galvanised the European Union in cracking down on secrecy, but it is still questionable if the proposals are tight enough to effectively tackle this problem. The EU’s proposals have several shortcomings, they don’t cover trusts, there are few sanctions for the enabler of aggressive tax planning (accountancy firms, banks, lawyers) and there is still no real protection for whistleblowers acting in the public interest.

On Tuesday May the 9th at 20.00 the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) will make the data behind these stories available to the public for the first time.

Transparency International needs you!

The database is vast and unstructured. Transparency International (TI) wants hackers, investigative journalists, activists and open data fans to help them unlock what the data. TI needs help to look through the data and structure it in a way that it can make sense to anti-corruption activists and civil society organisations around the world. Tech tools and open data sets will be the key to unlocking the Panama Papers.

On 10 May from 10:00 to 18:00 TI will be running a hackathon @ Mundo J, Rue de l’industrie 10, Brussels.

Sandwiches, stickers and coffee will be on hand.

Please contact Transparency International for more info: ajohnson@transparency.org

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