The revelations revealed by the Pandora Papers will no doubt continue to make front page news for some time to come, but from a technology lawyer’s perspective - the technical challenge of making sense from almost 12 million digital documents is impressive enough.
Reading about the number of documents that were PDFs of scanned documents, and often a mish mash of different papers, gave me flash backs to our own challenges of producing clarity of thought from a minefield of documentation. Whether that be a disclosure bundle, data room or a complex, long standing contractual relationship between customer and supplier.
However, the story of pulling together the Pandora Papers also tells the human story of building the bespoke software tools to create order from chaos. It seems that we humans still have our uses, even in these increasingly automated times…
The Pandora paper revelations came from an unfathomably big tranche of documents: 2.94 terabytes of data in all, 11.9 million records and documents dating back to the 1970s.