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Tuesday, October 30 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Global Lottery Industry: The Anatomy and Substance of an International Investigation

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In November 2016 a group of journalists from Africa, Europe, the United States, Australia, and Latin America met during the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference.  Over a bottle of red wine or two we committed to expose the workings, transnational links, architecture, and impact of the global lottery industry that in 2014 generated nearly $300 billion in revenue.  
Composed of professional and student journalists and civic tech organization Open Up, our team has carried out the project since then.   We revealed for the first time the many dubious recipients of Lottery funding in South Africa and the lavish parties political elites in Mali throw themselves with Lottery funding.  We also laid bare the eight companies that play an outsized role in the industry, carrying out a regressive tax on poor people while avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.  Published in radio, online, print and television outlets, the project has sparked impact and earned national recognition in South Africa and the United States.
Join us as we talk through our project's key findings, collaborative process and impact.

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David Dembélé

Correspondent, Dépêches du Mali
David Dembélé is an investigative journalist born in Mali in 1984. He entered journalism by pure passion in 2006, he works for the newspaper "dispatches of Mali", "Les Echos", and is correspondent in Bamako of the newspaper "Le World". He has specialized in the field of investigation... Read More →
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Adi Eyal

Director, OpenUp – Codebridge
Trained as a computer scientist and founder of OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa), a civic technology organisation promoting the use of data and technology to drive social change. Through OpenUp he launched South Africa’s first data journalism academy which sought to train... Read More →
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Ray Joseph

Freelance Journalist, South Africa
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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, USA
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many outlets, and has earned national and international recognition from... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

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