Palantir Sync brings together investigative, regulatory, and prosecutorial communities to discuss how technology can revolutionize their missions


Last month we hosted Palantir Sync: Investigate, which brought together members of the investigative, regulatory, and prosecutorial communities for a discussion of how technology and data are transforming their missions. Through a series of presentations we demonstrated how our software could provide a single, end-to-end platform for their investigations—from initial lead all the way to prosecution.

Investigate was held at the historic Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., which presented a stark contrast to the technologies on display. Keynote speaker Patrick Fitzgerald, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and current partner at Skadden, Arps in Chicago, opened with a keynote speech that walked the audience through the evolving role of technology in investigations and prosecutions over the past 20 years. He described the state of the world 20 years ago, when running a query on a computer was considered reckless. Fitzgerald spoke to the dramatic shifts in process, practice, and perspective that have now led to greater information sharing between agencies. a shift facilitated by a technology like Palantir’s that allows for integration of a vast amount of data, of different types and sources, audit trailing, and robust access controls.

After highlighting some of the critical components of Palantir, Fitzgerald said, >“I don’t know how in the world you could go after important targets without a very sophisticated system like that. On the private sector side, going up against the government without that on your side as well is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.”

Fitzgerald’s presentation was followed by a series of Sync Sessions, which provided deeper looks at how Palantir’s software is currently used across local, state, and federal enterprises to pursue criminal and civil cases from lead, to arrest, to prosecution. The sessions included a demonstration of how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using our software to investigate human trafficking. For the first time, Palantir Mobile was demo’d on the main stage to showcase field operation work with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement. Ryan Taylor, Legal Counsel at Palantir, closed the Sync Sessions by illustrating how Palantir Gotham has been used in criminal and civil cases with federal, state, and local prosecutors.

Palantir Sync: Investigate presentations

Welcome and Introduction Alex Karp | CEO and Founder, Palantir Technologies Vanessa Hood | Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir Technologies

The Evolving Role of Technology in the work of Leading Investigators and Prosecutors Patrick Fitzgerald | Partner | Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom | Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Building a Human Trafficking Case from A Lead to Arrests

Timothy Wargo Unit Chief Information Sharing and Infrastructure Management Homeland Security Investigations Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Ryan Beiermeister Forward Deployed Engineer Palantir    

Palantir’s work with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began over two years ago as part of Operation Fallen Hero, which was ICE’s response to two of their agents being ambushed on an operation in Mexico. Today, ICE uses Palantir’s software across the enterprise for case management and investigative work, including human trafficking cases. Following an introduction to our work with ICE, Ryan Beiermeister demonstrates how Palantir Gotham is used to build a human trafficking case.

Using a Mobile Date Platform for Field Operations Kathleen McGee | Director | New York City Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement
 Logan Rhyne | Forward Deployed Engineer | Palantir

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement is responsible for coordinating efforts across City’s agencies to investigate and solve quality-of-life issues city-wide, including lawless clubs and counterfeit trademark activity. The Office conducts investigations in the field in response to complaints, handles the subsequent mid-level litigation, and develops policy to address the city’s issues. See how Palantir Gotham is used as the Office’s platform for data analysis and how Palantir Mobile is used to collect data and execute operations in the field.

Prosecuting Big Data Cases from Insider Trading to Healthcare Fraud Ryan Taylor | Legal Counsel | Palantir

Learn how Palantir Gotham has helped prosecutors overcome a variety of data integration and analytic challenges to prosecute cases involving vast amounts of data. Ryan Taylor, Palantir’s Legal Counsel, walks through how the Gotham platform was leveraged in a number of real criminal and civil cases, including insider trading, money laundering, insider trading, and health fraud.