"Making Transparency Possible - Interdisciplinary Dialogues"

In April 2017, the Panama Papers investigation was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for “using a collaboration of more than 300 reporters on six continents to expose the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens”. The award is only the latest in a series of accolades for the globe-spanning reporting effort by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that includes the Miami Herald, Süddeutsche Zeitung and a number other media partners. ICIJ is itself an example of an innovative form of journalism, representing an unprecedented level of collaboration with more than 190 investigative journalists in more than 65 countries teaming up to deliver in-depth investigative stories. Digital technology has facilitated such innovative global collaborative networks of mutual aid across countries and continents, seemingly in contrast to the dominating media market paradigm stipulating ever-increasing competition between journalists and media houses.

The purpose of this research conference is to facilitate a dialogue between researchers educated and experienced in disciplines such as law, economy, accounting and journalism and explore:

  • How to interpret and understand complex information on finance and financial transaction, including the workings of intricate global networks of businesses and webs of ownerships, including those registered in tax havens?
  • How to understand the use of digital communication to build cross border networks of mutual aid between investigative journalists?
  • How to make making digital communication safe, in order to protect sources (whistle-blowers) and the involved journalists themselves?

This research conference build on previous events organized by PWYP Norway. In 2016 er held the first "Making Transparency Possible", a 3 day conference with 40 speakers from 19 countries, where investigative journalists from 14 countries shared knowledge on how many of them have cooperated trans-nationally in large in-depth, cross country cases. Their work often intertwined with large leaks, such as the Panama Papers, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks. This conference was financed by Norad. Following these discussions in 2016, previous conferences, events and cooperation has now sparked into this research project, which is financed by the Nowegian Research Council.

WHERE:  Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus (HiOA) / Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Norway

WHEN: 16th February 2018

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  • Programme 16th February
    • Confirmed speakers: (Detaljert program vil legges ut så snart som mulig. / Detailed programme will be up as soon as possible).

      Investigative journalists: Craig McKune (amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism), South Africa. Kristine Agalaryan, investigative journalist for www.hetq.am, Armenia, Jóhannes Kr. Kristjánsson, owner of Reykjavik Media and co-founder of the Icelandic Center for Investigative Journalism and Nils Mulvad, world renown data journalist, associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism and co-founder of Dicar in 1999 and Global Investigative Journalism Network in 2003.

      Professor Beate Sjåfjell (University of Oslo). Sjåfjell’s main field is company law and corporate governance, with much of her research concentrating on the regulation of business in the broader context of sustainability. Sjåfjell is founder and head of the Oslo Faculty’s Research “Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability”, which is now in its second period (2017-2021), as well as several international networks and projects.

      Professor Tina Søreide (The Norwegian School of Economics).  Søreide’s research is focused on corruption, governance, markets and development, currently with an emphasis on law enforcement. Søreide is member of the High Level Advisory Group on Anticorruption and Integrity (HLAG) to the Secretary General of the OECD.

      Professor Kalle Moene (University of Oslo). Moene is head of ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (University of Oslo), which is funded by The Research Council of Norway as part of the Centres of Excellence (SFF) scheme. Moene’s main research areas are institutions compared, economic development, unions and welfare states.

      Doctoral Research Fellow Linn Anker-Sørensen (University of Oslo) is currently researching financial engineering situated in the intersection between corporate law, financial market law and contract law, and furthermore in the topical intersection between financial disclosure, access to information, corporate accountability and risk implications.

      Convenor: Professor Roy Krøvel, Department of journalism and media studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.


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