Councils use 377,000 people\’s data in effort to predict child abuse
We investigated the use of algorithms developed in the private sector to detect child abuse and intervene before it occurred in ‘high risk’ families, trained on vast amounts of personal data without informed consent.
Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain
The UK is the only country in Europe where migrants can be locked up indefinitely, many without having committed crimes. In the absence of official data sources, we built our own dataset to shed light on the experience of detainees.
Children ‘bombarded’ with betting adverts during World Cup
During the World Cup, including pre-Watershed games not usually allowed to run gambling advertisements, included almost 90 minutes of betting ads during the tournament.
3,121 desperate journeys: exposing a week of chaos under Trump\’s zero tolerance
We analysed more than 6,000 documents relating to immigrants caught crossing the US border, proving the most comprehensive picture yet of immigrants’ prosecuted during Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy.
Flatshare bias: room-seekers with Muslim name get fewer replies
This investigation collected quantitative evidence that, when contacting advertisements for flatshares, a person with the name “Muhammad” was significantly less likely to receive a positive or neutral response than “David”.
How Facebook is influencing the Irish abortion referendum
Analysis of almost 800 Facebook ads identified by the Transparency Initiative Referendum and analysed by the Guardian revealed major differences in how the two sides of the Irish abortion referendum campaign sought to influence voters.
Rape prosecutions plummet despite rise in police reports
We revealed the number of rape cases being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service plummeted to the lowest in a decade, despite an increase in the number of incidents reported to police. The data was released through Freedom of Information requests to reveal prosecutors had been quietly urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates.
Gender pay gap: What did we learn this year?
We analysed gender pay gap figures to reveal widespread inequality across British businesses. The data shows almost eight out 10 companies pay men more on average than women and every industry pays men more on average than women.
Revealed: the rise and rise of populist rhetoric
We uncovered a two-decade rise in populist rhetoric. We worked with a network of political scientists using textual analysis of public addresses of leaders in 40 countries to show the number of populist leaders has more than doubled since the early 2000s.
Banking leak exposes Russian network with link to Prince Charles
We collaborated with OCCRP and partners to track the movement of billions of dollars through a network of Russian-operated offshore companies into Europe and the US. Our work revealed a charity run by Prince Charles received donations from an offshore company that was used to funnel cash from Russia.
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