First investigation published by the international media partners of The Signals Network

San Francisco, May 15, 2019 – The Signals Network is proud to see the first investigation published by its media partners Die Zeit (Germany), El Mundo (Spain), Mediapart (France), Republik (Switzerland) and The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom).

The articles expose previously unreported connections between the heart of Russia’s internet disinformation campaign and a Spanish company.

Die Zeit, El Mundo, Mediapart, Republik and The Daily Telegraph have a combined audience of more than 65 million people across the world in four languages. For this investigation, they cooperated with the investigative platform Bellingcat.

The published articles resulted from a first call for information on the theme of misuse of big data that the media partners of The Signals Network chose last June for a collaborative investigation. The media groups worked together to maximize the impact of their reports that are tied to the larger public interest. They shared the received information, investigated the leads as a team, coordinated with each other as they decided their respective formats and angle of the stories, and published under a common embargo.

Potential whistleblowers who believe in good faith that the practices of corporations with access to big data are harming the public interest can continue to contact these media directly through the appropriate channels.

Today marks the first public confirmation that a call for information and investigations initiated by top tier international medias on a topic they chose can reveal massive wrongdoings threatening our democracies, ” explains Gilles Raymond, the Founder and Chairman of The Signals Network.

The Signals Network supports media organizations that are committed to investigate collaboratively and to reveal major wrongdoing and potential threats to democracy, freedom and justice.

Through its Media Collaboration Program, the Signals Network supports media organizations in their investigations. The Signals Network can:

– connect its partner media organizations with collaborative media initiatives;

– play a project management role in collaborative efforts of media organizations;

– help devise and implement confidentiality protocols using existing technological resources that enhance the privacy and security of information shared between journalists and sources;

– provide its partner media organizations access to a network of lawyers to which they can refer putative Whistleblowers who are in need of legal counsel; and

– help create new resources for journalists and whistleblowers.

The Big Data Call

The Signals Network press release
– The Miami Herald/McClatchy
The Big Data Call for information

– El Mundo
Llamamiento a informantes: ayúdanos a investigar delitos tecnológicos y mal uso del big data

– Republik
Wir wollen von Ihnen hören

– Die Zeit
Achtung, Missbrauch!
Whistleblower Suche

– Mediapart
Mieux defendre les lanceurs d’alerte, le nouveau projet de Mediapart
Donnees personnelles, Informez nous, protegez vous

– The Daily Telegraph
New witness protection scheme’ for whistleblowers exposing technology industry wrongdoing
The Big Data Call

– The Intercept
The Intercept welcomes tech whistleblowers
The Big Data Call