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James Ball

James Ball, Britain, is an award-winning data journalist working on the Guardian's investigations team. He was a core journalist on several of the newspaper's data-driven investigations, including the publication of the NSA files received from Edward Snowden, the Reading the Riots project, its reporting on the WikiLeaks' Guantanamo Bay files, and the Guardian's extensive reporting relating to the ICIJ's Offshore Leaks series. 

Before joining the Guardian, he worked with Channel 4 Dispatches, Panorama, Al Jazeera and ITN with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and was a freelancer working for WikiLeaks during its publication of 250,000 US embassy cables. In 2012, he was awarded the Stern Fellowship, and worked for four months on the national security desk of the Washington Post, reporting on the state-sponsored trade of online hacks, electronic sanctions in Syria and Iran, and serious security failings of the TSA.

He is a lecturer on City University's Interactive and Investigative journalism courses, and the co-author of two books: WikiLeaks: News in the Networked Era and The Infographic History of the World.

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