a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast: When Journalism Goes Global

John O’Farrell and Gerard Ryle

Posted May 26, 2018

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is the organization responsible for the compilation and release of the first the Panama Papers, a series of 11.5 million documents that detailed the offshore dealings of governments and individuals the world over, soon followed by the Paradise Papers. In this podcast, a16z general partner John O’Farrell interviews ICIJ director Gerard Ryle about how journalists manage, sort through and coordinate so much information and data to pull out a series of tightly coordinated exposés around the globe for investigative journalism on this scale. 

With so many moving parts, how does the ICIJ manage to keep high-stakes news stories under wraps until their slated day of release? What kinds of technologies are available to investigative journalists — tools that might aid in information gathering and data security? And what does the modern media and tech landscape portend for the future of investigative journalism?