Linkurious is another licensed software that worked free of charge and that has also written about its role on its blog. In short, a highly sophisticated architecture of servers operating from the cloud has been set up, all encrypted, all with double authentication and using the most sophisticated analysis software available to trawl through this vast amount of information that can eventually be turned into news stories by the newspapers concerned. This requires a new breed of journalist, able to expertly manage information, many of them trained by the ICIJ, and using a very different skill set to most journalists.
The Panama Papers are a sign of the times: they will change how business is done, because anything that isn’t reasonably transparent already will now have to be so, and they will also change journalism, as well as the laws that currently govern it. But above all, their publication has required an incredible effort and the use of systems and technology that our universities need to start teaching now.