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Mapping Initiative Provides Visualization of Infrastructure Disruptions in Syria

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, April 15 2013

Screenshot of Syria Digital Security Monitor map

Following months of serious Internet disruptions in Syria, including a total Internet blackout that most experts blamed on the Syrian government, the Canadian foundation SecDev launched a website to monitor such reported disruptions to critical infrastructure including Internet, telecommunication, electricity and water, and reported cyber threats in the hopes of increasing Syrian's online safety. The project relies on crowdsourced reporting and extensive monitoring of Syrian social media. Teaming up with Ushahidi, SecDev will create visualizations in the form of maps and timelines of reports of interruptions to the country's infrastructure.

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