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Mike Tigas is a News Applications Developer at ProPublica. He also works on tools for online privacy and the liberation of public data. He is a lead developer on Tabula (a data extraction tool for PDF files), Onion Browser (an anonymizing web browser for iOS), and CivOmega (an open search engine for public data). He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow and previously worked as a newsroom web developer at The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.).

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Updated: Nonprofit Explorer

We have added raw data from more than 1.9 million electronically filed Form 990 documents dating back to 2010.

Nothin’ but Debt: Which NCAA Tournament Schools Give Low-Income Students the Best Shot?

Instead of basketball skill, our bracket is based on five factors that measure each school’s ability to graduate low-income students with little debt.

Nonprofit Explorer Update

We’ve updated our database of nonprofit tax filings. It now includes more than 9 million Form 990s.

We’ve Updated Dollars for Docs. Here’s What’s New.

ProPublica has been publishing data on conflicts of interest in medicine since 2010. We’ve updated our Dollars for Docs database with billions of dollars in payments made last year.

Updated Dollars for Docs

We’ve updated Dollars for Docs. It now includes payments made from August 2013 through December 2015 — some $6.25 billion in payments to more than 800,000 doctors.

Now There’s Proof: Docs Who Get Company Cash Tend to Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds

The more money doctors receive from drug and medical device companies, the more brand-name drugs they tend to prescribe, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Even a meal can make a difference.

Updated Dollars for Docs

This release includes updated data, payments to teaching hospitals, and information about brand-name prescribing rates for some doctors.

A More Secure and Anonymous ProPublica Using Tor Hidden Services

We’ve launched a “Tor hidden service” that lets you to browse our site more securely and anonymously. Read this post to find out how to use it, and how to make your own.

HIPAA Helper

Who is Revealing Your Private Medical Information?

How to Vet Nonprofits Before You Give

Using ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer and a charity’s own documents, you can make a more informed giving decision.

Nonprofit Explorer

We’ve updated our Nonprofit Explorer app with over 600,000 new tax filings from FY2013. Use the database to search over 1.8 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations.

New Dollars for Docs

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies paid billions to doctors from late 2013 through 2014, new data shows. Search for your doctor in our interactive database.

Money as a Weapons System

How U.S. commanders spent $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan

Why Pharma Payments to Doctors Were So Hard to Parse

Flaws in information submitted to Open Payments, a government database of financial relationships in the medical field, complicated our analysis.

Zombie Cookies Slated to be Killed

Zombie Cookie: The Tracking Cookie That You Can't Kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn's services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.

Open Payments Explorer: How Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals

Beginning in 2014, the federal government mandated that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers publicly report payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals. The first report covered the last five months of 2013. Use this tool to search for a company, drug or device — and compare it to another.

Everything That's Happened Since Supreme Court Ruled on Voting Rights Act

Ahead of the November midterms, we take stock of the state of voting rights across the country.

Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on U.S. Computers

Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States.

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