Ask editor Mar Cabra of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the group behind the Panama Papers, the world’s biggest data scoop, what her team does, and she replied: “We use technology to tell great stories.”

To capture those stories, the press has always relied on tools like the phone and the fax, as well as their many contacts. But as digital technologies have permeated modern life, journalists like Cabra have also come to increasingly depend on data.

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