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How Quartz used AI to sort through the Luanda Leaks

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19.01.2020

More than 700,000 leaked documents, weighing in at 356 gigabytes, reveal how Isabel dos Santos, the wealthiest woman in Africa and the daughter of Angola’s former president, siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars in public money out of one of the poorest countries on the planet. Digging into such leaks is something the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has plenty of experience with. But they had a problem:

That’s a heck of a lot of files.

ICIJ partnered with Quartz’s AI Studio to find a solution. We built a system using artificial intelligence to “read” all the documents and help journalists from Quartz, ICIJ and other partner organizations find the kinds of documents they expected in the cache of leaks—regardless of file format, spelling, transcription errors, phrasing, or even the language of the document.

We found:

  • Western accountants and consultants played a role in legitimizing Isabel dos Santo’s empire—and that a........

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