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The e-diplomacy Hub, A real-time window onto digital diplomacy in action

The e-diplomacy Hub, A real-time window onto digital diplomacy in action
AFP: e-diplomacy The e-diplomacy HUB, A real-time window onto digital diplomacy in action Activate your Twitter account Your Twitter account is activated English | French Skip Map Loading... top hashtag: top e-diplomat: head of state/gov't: population: twitter users: % of Twitter accounts in database: internet users per / 100 people: mobile subscription / 100 people: established: president: members: aim: close more France Loading... top hashtag: top e-diplomat: head of state/gov't: population: twitter users: % of Twitter accounts in database: internet users per / 100 people: mobile subscription / 100 people: established: president: members: aim: close more embassies with Twitter account volume of 2-way communication low high How to use the map Select a country to see its e-diplomatic network, the other nations with which it communicates, and the volume of communication. Select a hashtag to see which countries have cited it the most. close Top 5 #hashtag 1. (Last 24 hours)!/map

An Overview of the Euro Crisis - Interactive Graphic Arrows show imbalances of debt exposure between borrowers in one country and banks in another; arrows point from debtors to their bank creditors. Arrow widths are proportional to the balance of money owed. For example, French borrowers owe Italian banks $50.6 billion; Italian borrowers owe French banks $416.4 billion. The difference — their imbalance — shows France's banking system more exposed to Italian debtors by about $365.8 billion.

21 Charts That Explain American Values Today - Bob Cohn Americans say they are more tolerant and open-minded than their parents. Among the issues that rate more morally acceptable today than a decade ago: homosexuality, human cloning, pre-marital sex, and having a child out of wedlock. At the same time, half believe the economic system is unfair to middle- and working-class Americans, and only 17 percent believe Wall Street executives share fundamental American values. In all, two-thirds think the country is heading in the wrong direction, 69 percent believe the country's values have deteriorated since the 1970s, and nearly half say values will further weaken over the next 10 years. Such are the highlights of The Atlantic/Aspen Institute American Values Survey.

In Turkey, a New Form of Protest: Standing Silently for Hours Overnight, Turkish choreographer Erdem Gunduz has inspired a new form of anti-government protest: Standing silently while staring at his country's flag for hours on end. Gunduz began his protest Tuesday alone in Istanbul, going unnoticed for several hours. Once people realized what he was doing, images of his actions (or lack thereof) went viral on Twitter. That inspired hundreds of protestors in Istanbul and other cities across the country to join him in motionless, mute demonstrations, according to the Associated Press. Image via Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Explorable Explanations Bret Victor / March 10, 2011 What does it mean to be an active reader? An active reader asks questions, considers alternatives, questions assumptions, and even questions the trustworthiness of the author. An active reader tries to generalize specific examples, and devise specific examples for generalities. An active reader doesn't passively sponge up information, but uses the author's argument as a springboard for critical thought and deep understanding. Diminishing Voters' Rights Thousands of voters will find it difficult, if not impossible, to vote in the rapidly-approaching 2012 presidential election thanks to new changes in voters’ rights and voting laws across several states in the U.S. While younger voters and senior citizens certainly aren’t the only two demographics affected by the new laws, there are 34 states that have introduced legislation that will make their voting experience especially difficult. The laws will require a valid photo ID in order to either vote or register to vote; while this might not seem like an unreasonable law, it will make voting more difficult for 18% of voters age 65+ and 1 out of every 5 voters age 18-29 who do not have either a driver’s license or other government-issued ID. 10% of Latino voters, who made up 22% of the final-Sunday vote, have had their ability to vote hindered in the states that have passed voter ID laws.

6 Brilliant Ways Hostages Outwitted Their Captors Let's face it: As much as we like to pretend that we're all Bruce Willis, if faced with a real-life kidnapper, most of us would react by soiling ourselves, begging for our lives and soiling ourselves some more. Since stories about people continuously pissing their pants aren't that unique or interesting, here are the tales of six real badass hostages who not only kept their cool but managed to foil their kidnappings in awesome ways. Like ... #6. Why Are Brazilians Protesting? - David Lavin There's a big disparity between spending on basic infrastructure and spending on the World Cup. Demonstrators march during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belem, Para State on June 17, 2013. (Paul Santos/Reuters) What began as a localized protest against rising bus fares last week in Brazil has become a national outcry, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators challenging everything from government corruption and the rising cost to living to the billions of dollars invested into the World Cup and Olympic infrastructure. More than 215,000 citizens took to the streets Monday night in over 40 cities and 12 state capitals in the second week of protests here in Brazil. In Brasilia, the country's capital, protesters occupied the national Congress.

The Sexperience 1000 - Sexperience Welcome to The Sexperience 1000, an interactive journey through the sexual experiences and preferences of one thousand British individuals. What’s the favourite sexual position of iPhone users in the North? Do country music lovers over 55 prefer to do it in the dark? Explore the 20 questions of our survey and discover what the great British public get up to between the sheets… Filter Filter by region, age, etc. and compare to yourself.

The Power of Maps Maps are both necessary tools for analysis and crucial delivery visuals for foresight and warning products. They constitute a very powerful type of delivery form, as they change both the world and the mind. The pivotal importance of maps and of the process of mapping has notably been shown, in the case of the birth of nations and of nationalism, by two remarkable books: Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson and Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation by Winichakul Thongchai. Building upon the findings of those master-works, as well as on my own (PhD) research, this post explains the power of maps and then outlines contemporary evolutions, examples and possibilities.

Where the Nation Turns for Independent, Expert Advice As the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council's mission is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Our independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world. The Research Council performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, Transportation Research Board, and the Gulf Research Program. Governing Board Leadership Charter & Executive Orders

Lostalgic Lostalgic This project is based on the entire ABC's LOST TV show scripts, 115 episodes in 7 seasons, that I managed to parse from Lostpedia. I also parsed this page with additional information about hidden characters relations. My aim for this project is not (only) to visualize some properties and patterns out of the script but actually to allow to read and enjoy the series in a different way. I plan to add new views (will inform through twitter), more aimed to reveal global patterns in the script, and I will include cliffhangers and writing teams information. Find more information about Lostalgic in this great article and interview by Greg J.