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Journalist uses Palantir to investigate illicit Human Tissue Trafficking

Palantir donated software to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in support of a four-part investigative series on the global trade and illegal trafficking of human tissue. ICIJ broke the story at the Google Ideas Summit on Illicit Networks on July 17, 2012. The series investigates how human tissue is taken from the dead, how the tissue moves through illicit networks, and how the use of this tissue in medical procedures is affecting patient safety. In response to the stories, the World Health Organization is planning to create a coding system to better the trade of human tissue.

During the Summit, Palantir hosted a lab that showed attendees how the journalists used Palantir Gotham to help with their investigative reporting.

ICIJ investigative stories have global impact. Working with organizations like ICIJ is central to Palantir’s mission of making a difference by addressing today’s most critical challenges and empowering people to interact with their data in ways never before possible.

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Additional Coverage:

NPR – Jul 17-19, 2012

Huffington Post – Jul 18, 2012

ICIJ – Jul 17, 2012

MSNBC – Jul 17, 2012

Sydney Morning Herald – Jul 16, 2012

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