Shedding light on the dark web: Using tech to build corporate investigations

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: David Buxton of Arachnys; Ed Long of Arachnys
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Normal search engines only reach 10% of the data available online. How do investigative journalists go beyond Google and find the kind of corporate information hidden in the dark web that can break a story wide open? Through real examples from 2014, including the successful investigation of a massive $11 billion tax fraud in Ukraine, the Arachnys team will highlight how snippets of corporate data can be knitted together to create major corruption scoops. They will also demo the Arachnys research platform and show how it supports organisations such as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), FirstLook Media and Intelligence Online to build investigations.

The Arachnys Platform is a premium service for corporate and banking customers doing commercial due diligence. However we also work with investigation units within several national newspapers and media outlets at a reduced rate depending on the size of the organisation. We also undertake pro-bono work with freelance investigative journalists depending on their project.

Speaker Bios

  • David is a former Control Risks investigator who worked on due diligence , anti-corruption and fraud investigations in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other former Soviet countries.

  • Ed is Head of Research at Arachnys, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. He moved to Arachnys from Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government, where he worked on projects in learning technology. @DrEdLong

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