Ever since the revelations about the snooping practices of the US and the Dutch intelligence services, we have become increasingly aware of the vast amount of digital data that are stored about us on the net, in the matrix. Data about citizens, information about governments and multinationals is also stored in multi-terabyte files: big data. The good news is that a large part of this information is, thus, also accessible to all of us, if you just know where to look.
In the episode Big data; the Shell search Backlight investigates how available digital sources can help us penetrate closed bulwarks. The case is energy giant Shell. Based on an article about a billion dollar debt that Shell supposedly owes the Iranian regime, Backlight starts a search, plunging into the sea of digital information.