Thursday, January 17, 2013

Data visualization: situating Korea in the global information revolution:

Beginning this year, I'm planning to add material to this blog that directs readers to big data and data visualization tools that can be helpful in understanding Korea's experience of the information society.  One of these tools is the Global Internet Filtering Map published by the Open Net Initiative (ONI).  The graphic below illustrates one of the four different interactive maps available at the ONI site, this won illustrating patterns in filtering of conflict and security-related information. (click to see a full size version of the graphic.)

The Open Net Initiative is a collaborative partnership of three institutions, including the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard that aims to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. For further detail, read the information at this link.
The ONI publishes interactive, online maps that illustrate four different types of internet filtering.

  • Political -- Content that expresses views in opposition to those of the current government, or is related to human rights, freedom of expression, minority rights, and religious movements.
  • Social -- Content related to sexuality, gambling, and illegal drugs and alcohol, as well as other topics that may be socially sensitive or perceived as offensive.
  • Conflict & Security -- Content related to armed conflicts, border disputes, separatist movements, and militant groups.
  • Internet Tools -- Web sites that provide e-mail, Internet hosting, search, translation, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone service, and circumvention methods.
If the above information has piqued your interest, I recommend going to the ONI site and examining their data for individual countries or regions.  For each country, the mapping data is accompanied by a thorough summary of background details.  The web site also contains a link to, that allows citizens from anywhere in the world to report web blockages wherever and whenever they occur.

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