Presentation number 68 by Mads Krogh, SAS Institute
The Panama Papers
Described by many as the “biggest leak in history,” the Panama Papers, composed of 11.5 million confidential documents, reveal how Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca helped its wealthy international clients launder money and evade paying taxes. So far, the known data, provided by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has implicated six current and eight former world leaders, over 60 individuals linked to heads of state, several sports stars, actors and others.
The Panama Papers roams a record high 2.6 Terabytes worth of records. And there is no indication that the Panama Papers will be the biggest nor the largest leak that we will experience. This makes the task of quickly getting an overview of the data intake and then prepare data to the analytical and intelligence tasks following.
The sheer amount of information makes it a very difficult task to get an overview of the many documents, their relations to each other and even more interesting – their relations to external contacts and so forth.
SAS Institute has supported and improved a number of tax administrations to get this overview. We will demonstrate how that has happened.
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