gabriel dance


i am the deputy investigations editor at the new york times. i work with a small team focusing on investigating technology and the companies that control our information.

previously i was a managing editor for the marshall project, a non-profit investigative journalism startup focusing on crime and punishment in the US.

before that i was the interactive editor for the guardian in new york city, where i worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that broke the NSA story.



highlights all work

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants
Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.
4 Ways Fred Trump Made Donald Trump and His Siblings Rich
A Times investigation found that the president's father created scores of revenue streams for his children.
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
‘You Are the Product’: Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook
Facebook plans to begin notifying users on Monday who were affected by Cambridge Analytica’s data collection. The Times has already spoken with some people whose data was taken.
The Follower Factory
Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media's black market.
How Donald Trump Avoided Paying Taxes Using Other People’s Money
Mr. Trump managed to save millions in personal taxes by borrowing – then losing – other people’s money.
The Next to Die
An ongoing project bringing attention and accountability to the death penalty in the United States by highlighting upcoming executions.
NSA Files: Decoded
The interactive feature explaining the story of the NSA leaks, and part of the Guardian's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
America: Elect!
A scrolling comic book telling the story of Mitt Romney's run for president.
A single-serve site that showed just where the polls stood in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, launched for the final two months before the election.
Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer
Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence.
Faces of the Dead
Each United States service member who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan and has been identified by the Defense Department.
View From the Convention
A 360º panoramic photo taken during Hillary Clinton's 2008 Democratic Convention address.
The Metropolitan Museum's new Greek and Roman Galleries
Art critic Michael Kimmelman introduces the new Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The New York Times Investigations into Big Tech
Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Investigative Reporting
George Polk Award, National Reporting
Gerald Loeb Award
SABEW Award for Visual Innovation
The Marshall Project
Society of News Design, World's Best
The Next to Die
Malofiej Awards, Special Award: Human Rights
Malofiej Awards, silver medal
Society of News Design, silver medal
NSA Files: Decoded
Pulitzer Prize, public service
Emmy Award, News and Documentary
World Press Photo, interactive documentary, 2nd place
Society of News Design, gold medal
Malofiej, gold medal
Webby, Best practices
America: Elect!
Malofiej, silver medal
Malofiej, bronze medal
Gay rights in America, state by state
Malofiej, Bronze medal
Data Journalism Award, data driven storytelling
Best American infographics
A Year at War
Alfred L. Dupont award
Gay rights in America, state by state
Online News Association award, explanatory reporting
A Year at War
Emmy Award, News and Documentary
World Press Photo, multimedia, 3rd place
National Press Photographers, 1st place