Interactive World Map: NSA Interception

Last year, Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency documents that remind us the insecure of our privacy. Here is an interactive world map, taking reference from the Snowden reports on surveillance by NSA, shows which countries are being intercepted by the spy services from the Western World (Five Eyes group – the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

The map is created by Sniffmap, which has run random tests on international internet traffic originating from a country for checking how many routes are intercepted by Five Eyes.

The concept of this map is checking if an internet route between two IP addresses would pass by an NSA controlled country. If yes, the route will be considered as intercepted that you can see around 80% of the routes are captured by Five Eyes in the map.

Limitations of the map:
Sniffmap admits that the map fails to take account data captured by non-Five Eyes countries.
The map depends on geographic IP to determine location of routers, which is not 100% accurate.
This map is lacking most of the data from African countries that you could improve it by contributing traceroute results.

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Interactive Heat Map: Corruption across the World

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 has been released that it scores 177 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). An interactive heat map with popup boxes has been created:

According to the map, Denmark and New Zealand ranks 1st while Afghanistan, North Korea & Somalia ranks least in the ranking. The U.S. is the 19th least corrupt country, and 2/3 countries score below 50 that indicates how serious and wide spread the corruption is in our current society. Map users can hover the country region to see the ranking, this year and previous year’s scores in the the info boxes.

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Clear heat map with popup infobox, map legend, and pleasant map color settings. Though there is still a minor suggestion for the map if option for enabling countries’ abbreviations is provided since not all the map users can immediately recognized specific country without labels.

Here is another image map for visualizing the data by different circles which darker red refers to higher corruption level. This chart has already categorized countries to different groups by the scores, and larger the circles size means more countries in that score level.

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Heat Map: Gender Gap in Science across the Globe

A heat map from UNESCO about the gender gap in science around the globe shows relative equality in parts of South America and Central Asia, and relatively higher inequality in countries like India, France, Germany, and Japan, which is quite surprising that women make up less than a third of researchers in some of these world’s science leading countries.

Meanwhile, the map only presents portion of the situation as it does not reflect the women status in science field in countries like United States, Australia, China.

In conclusion, the map does reflect that the world is not all the same.

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World Map: Internet Freedom

A world map about the internet freedom in 2013, which based on the report from Freedom House, has been created and published online.

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Form the map, we can see that Middle East remain significantly not free, with Iran and Syria leading that list, while the United States, Australia, several European countries are marked as free. See if you are agree with the data and share your idea to us.

World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.

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Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.

 

By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

New Zealand: Anchor Projects and Private Sector Progress Map

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An online and interactive image map has been created for tracking the progress on Anchor Projects and Private Sector Progress in New Zealand.

Areas are highlighted by various color-coded polygons that you can refer to the map legend for details. Mouse click the polygons, an information box with picture and URL will be popped up for details. In the image map, you can enable/disable overlays according to the categories, Anchor Projects and Private Projects, in the category legend that above the map.

The Christchurch Central Development Unit will continue to regularly update the map as each project gets underway.

Crowdsourced Map: Best Beaches in the World

Stuff, a news and information website in New Zealand, has launched a campaign about finding the best beaches in the world. It has created an editable World map that displaying locations suggested from readers.
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Click on the pins (or the numbered circles then see the clustered pins), and you can see photo and description that provided by world-wide readers. You can participate this campaign and haring your experience to people all around the world.

If you are interested in creating similar crowdsourced maps, you can seek assistant using several online mapping software, and normally the maps can be easily created in few steps. We have created a demonstration that details can be found there.

Interactive Map: World Acceptance towards Homosexual

As the issue of same-sex marriage becomes a hot topic recently in several countries, for example in the United States, a new Pew Research Center survey finds huge variance by counties question of whether homosexuality should be accepted or rejected by society. An interactive heat map has been created by iMapBuilder to showcase the result.

The survey that conducted in 39 countries reflects broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, Europe, and much of Latin America. According to statistics, there are obvious increasing people in South Korea, the United States and Canada accept the homosexual with 10% growth since 2007. The survey also claims that religions and age generation are factors towards the acceptance.

Check the following heat map to see which regions have higher acceptance towards homosexual, and you can find more details by watching the embedded videos and news in the infobox.

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