How technology is powering Covid-19 investigations

Guardian journalists and software engineers worked together to hold the UK government to account over its response to the pandemic This is the last in a series of three blogposts about the first year of the new Investigations & Reporting team, a small group of software developers embedded in the Guardian newsroom. You can read […]

Guardian journalists and software engineers worked together to hold the UK government to account over its response to the pandemic

This is the last in a series of three blogposts about the first year of the new Investigations & Reporting team, a small group of software developers embedded in the Guardian newsroom. You can read about our work on environmental reporting here and election coverage here.

In May 2020 the Guardian turned its attention to a new strand of reporting: the scrutiny of high value public sector contracts awarded without the usual competitive tender, justified by a legislative clause that provides for direct awards in emergency circumstances. As the government responded to the Covid public health crisis, it had to compete in a market distorted by the pandemic and the choices it made under such pressure were beginning to raise questions. Now working from home, we began collaborating with the editorial investigations team to ascertain which companies were profiting most from the situation.

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Source: Guardian