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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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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

Form 990 Documents Return to Nonprofit Explorer

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.

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.

Why We Removed the Form 990 PDFs From Nonprofit Explorer

Last month, we removed links to download Form 990 document PDFs from our Nonprofit Explorer database.

Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.

School Segregation After Brown

Hundreds of school districts were placed under court order to desegregate following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Many communities do not know the status of these orders. Use this tool to find out whether your district is or ever was under a desegregation order, and al

What Heartbleed Means for Newsrooms

What newsroom developers can do about the Heartbleed security bug.

The Price of an Internship

Unpaid internships can help young workers advance their career goals. But they can also vary significantly in cost and quality. Explore college internship programs at different schools across the United States — or tell us about your experience interning for academic credit.

How to Send Us Files More Securely

We’ve launched a more secure way for sources to send us sensitive messages and files.

Calculating ‘The Price of an Internship’

How much do you pay in tuition to take an internship? Here's how we calculate tuition share in "The Price of an Internship."

ER Wait Watcher

Which emergency room will see you the fastest? We've got a handy guide for impatient outpatients.

Why Develop in the Newsroom?

If you’re a software developer looking to make more of a social impact with your talents, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to break into the field of journalism! But what’s it like?

Announcing the Nonprofit Explorer API

Today’s update to Nonprofit Explorer also includes a free-to-use API that developers can use to access the data behind Nonprofit Explorer programmatically.
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