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Sexual Harassment Reporting Site Asks Users to “Pin the Creeps”

It maps out incidents across India and the rest of the world.

A community-based platform is helping women document and map out incidents of sexual harassment, and it just received a major investment to continue its work. SafeCity, which was founded after the horrific 2012 gang rape of a student on a South Delhi bus, allows users to “pin the creeps” and report their experiences of assault anonymously. Although their current focus is on India, the organization has been receiving responses from all over the world. Each contribution is geo-tagged and placed on an interactive map. Founder Elsa D’Silva says she hopes the website will provide a more accurate representation of how frequently incidents of sexual harassment and assault occur on a geographic basis.

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Data Map Shows How Diverse (And Segregated) Our Cities Really Are

A single, color-coded dot for every U.S. resident offers a unique way of looking at America’s complex ethnic tapestry.

Image Copyright, 2013, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia (Dustin A. Cable, creator)

Maps are so much more than simple tools to tell us where to go and how to get there. Cartography can peel back the layers of the world around us, showing us new ways to understand the places and people with which we interact on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s light and whimsical, and sometimes it’s serious enough to make us reexamine our lives beyond the borders of the map itself.

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The World’s First Global Poop Map Could Help Save Lives

By tracking fecal viruses breeding in our waterways, science takes a major step forward in combating a deadly disease.

Map via Kiulia et. al.

As the picture book says, “everybody poops.”

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How Hate-Filled is Your Home State?

Southern Poverty Law Center’s interactive “hate map” shows you just how many active hate groups are located in your home town.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 784 active hate groups operating in the US last year.

What if I told you that easy-going, liberal, blue state California had the most bigots, racists, and general haters of any state in the union? According to a map of active hate groups in each region, created by non-profit Alabama think tank the Southern Poverty Law Center, the gold coast state had the dubious honor of being the most hate-filled (organization-wise) state last year, followed in order by Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, it seems that the tri-state area, despite having one of the largest Jewish populations in the world, is a hotbed of neo-Nazi activity. The only states to be spared from such small minds were Alaska, and Obama’s birthplace, Hawaii. According to their site, the group compiled the list using “hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.” To weed out lone wolves, the group left out websites that seemed to be created or run by one individual, making sure to delineate between violent individuals and organized, well-administrated hate groups. As the site mentions, “Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.” It just implies that y’all really hate minorities.

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New Website Puts Incidents Of Police Violence On The Map (Literally) To Advocate For Change

“Mapping Police Violence” offers a snapshot of law enforcement-related deaths over the course of 2014

image via (cc) flickr user diversey

Among the many, many uncomfortable truths laid bare by the police-involved deaths of unarmed black men like Mike Brown and Eric Garner has been this: The lack of comprehensive data on police violence across the country has often hindered the progress of those advocating for change both in their communities and in our nation as a whole. The American Civil Liberties Union reports that:

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NASA’s New Images Map Out Carbon Emissions

The map reveals large carbon dioxide concentrations around South America and Southern Africa

The map reveals large carbon dioxide concentrations around South America and Southern Africa. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech

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