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ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The organization’s work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” ProPublica seeks to produce journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them. ProPublica is headquartered in Manhattan. Its establishment was announced in October 2007. Operations commenced in January 2008, and publishing began in June 2008. Email this author.

China’s Cyberattacks Tied to U.S. Companies, Contractors and Government Systems

China’s Cyberattacks Tied to U.S. Companies, Contractors and Government Systems

U.S.-China tensions have risen recently over suspicions of Chinese nationals infiltrating U.S. company computer systems. In May, the U.S. Justice Department accused five Chinese military officers of hacking several U.S. companies. The indictments came amid a string of U.S. security breaches tied to hackers in China.

The Best Reporting On Federal Push To Militarize Local Police

This article by Hanqing Chen originally appeared August 19, 2014 at the website of ProPublica. by Hanqing Chen ProPublica, Aug. 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles […]

Why Is The Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting New York State Employees’ Emails?

This article by Theodoric Meyer was originally published August 11, 2104 at the website of ProPublica.  This story was co-published with the Albany Times-Union and WNYC. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to […]

ProPublica: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

This story, written by Julia Angwin, was originally co-published by ProPublica and  Mashable. Update: After this article was published, YouPorn contacted us to say it had removed AddThis technology from its website, saying that the website was “completely unaware that AddThis contained a tracking software that had the potential to jeopardize the privacy of our […]

Here’s One Way To Land On The NSA’s Watch List

This article first appeared at ProPublica on July 9, 2014. By Julia Angwin and Mike Tigas Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. But it’s not clear how many users have been affected. So […]

Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

This report, written by reporter Joaquin Sapien, was originally published by ProPublica May 23. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered Federal law enforcement agents to record all interrogations with suspects in custody. The policy was outlined in a memo sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

ProPublica On Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

This piece, written by Julia Angwin, was originally published by ProPublica on May 6. In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers. Ever since Edward Snowden […]

ProPublica: Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big In North Carolina

This piece, written by Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker, was originally published by ProPublica on April 29. Most people have come to associate outside money — the hundreds of millions of dollars from politically active nonprofits and super PACs pouring into American elections — with conservatives. And why not? Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens […]

ProPublica: Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

ProPublica: Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

This article, written by Charles Ornstein, was originally published by ProPublica on April 9. Last week, Federal health officials celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. The first, which got considerable attention, was that more than 7 million people selected private health plans in State and Federal health insurance exchanges. The second, which […]

ProPublica Examines What The Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

This article, written by Kara Brandeisky, was originally published by ProPublica on April 3. Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians. All the plans purport to end the bulk […]


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