Data journalist, SPIEGEL Online
Patrick Stotz is a data journalist at Spiegel Online.
Patrick is speaking at
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Last November, Der Spiegel and public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) published a joint investigation on how Germany’s leading credit scoring company Schufa rates the creditworthiness of German citizens. Earlier reporting on the topic was forced to rely merely on anecdotal evidence, but the data teams of both newsrooms were able to analyze more than 2000 credit reports from consumers that had been collected by two German non-profit companies.
This panel explains how the crowdsourced sample of confidential credit reports was used to shed light on the covert and privately-owned scoring algorithm. The workshop will give insights into algorithmic accountability reporting and working with private consumer data, reflecting on obstacles and difficulties as well as learnings for similar future stories.
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Over time, we at Der Spiegel have developed a structure that
In this session we’ll present the project template that is at the core of our work, we’ll go through a couple of examples and will thus demonstrate how to include all the necessary data wizardry into the workflow, while easily and constantly communicating results with ordinary reporters.
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