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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Path of Protest: an Interactive Timeline of Middle East Protests

Whenever everything starts to look like a treemap or a network hairball, it is refreshing to see there are still some new ideas around. The Path of Protest [guardian.co.uk] by The Guardian forms a literal interpretation of a path-as-a-visualization, as it aggregates and represents the recent flood of pro-democracy rebellions in the Middle East.
The interactive timeline starts with the self-burning of a single man around December 2010 in Tunesia, and then follows the chain of events along parallel country-specific paths, until today. The color of the event flags posted along the way denotes different categories, such as political moves, regime changes, local protests or international responses.

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