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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #21, June 21 - June 27, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from USA Today, the New York Times, and Data4Change. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Facebook's Broken Promises

By Tech Transparency Project

Facebook's Broken Promises by Tech Transparency Project

The Tech Transparency Project has released an interactive database with over three years of reports of Facebook violating its terms and policies.

The team shows that Facebook has purposely ignored repeated calls to remove its extremist, harmful, and offensive content for years utilizing audio messages from Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and recycled PR statements released by the company. They also let users explore 415 individual violations documented from 2018 to 2021 through a tile wall that offers topic and event type information. Every visual element serves to indicate that the social media platform is doing next to nothing to monitor itself.

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China’s Surveillance State Is Growing. These Documents Reveal How. by The New York Times

This chilling video from the NYT analyzes more than 100,000 bidding documents on how the Chinese government is expanding its surveillance technology to collect digital and biological data from its people to track them wherever they are and maintain control over them.

Throughout the video, different texts from the documents are highlighted, translated, and elaborated on. In addition, the video displays a map of China, and individual provinces are used as examples to explore which technologies and methods police agencies are currently using to spy on people and get their DNA information.

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03. Hear the Blind Spot

By Together! and Data4Change

Hear the Blind Spot by Together! and Data4Change

Together, with the help of Data4Change, made this website to raise awareness about web accessibility for the blind and visually impaired in Ethiopia.

The website features a video with the voice-over of a woman named Desta, who shares her story. The text is displayed using an animated typewriter effect from beginning to end. As Desta talks about how things have improved over the years in Ethiopia regarding public health outcomes, economic mobility and technology accessibility, the sound of a flute resonates with an upward or downward sparkline to visually and audibly showcase the trend. It’s a great use of data sonification.

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04. 17th Century Watercolors

By Nicolas Rougeux

17th Century Watercolors  by Nicolas Rougeux

Nicholas Rougeux, a Chicago-based designer and data artist, has visualized every mixture of watercolor paints from a manuscript written in 1692 by A. Boogert, a Dutch artist.

Users can click through a matrix diagram with swatches to learn what two pure colors look like when mixed in five different ratios, as Boogert discovered over 300 years ago.

Read the making-of blog if you want to dive more into this project.

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A planet-size sunspot is pointed toward Earth. What happens if there are solar flares? by USA Today

The USA Today team has designed some beautiful graphics to explain the threat posed by solar flares within a giant, growing sunspot. Their article includes static infographics and an animated GIF showing what solar flares and sunspots are, and their effects on Earth.

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