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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #36, October 4 - October 10, 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 the Knight Foundation, 1Point21 Interactive, and Google Brand Studio. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. Explore Sudan’s Pyramids of Meroë

By Google Arts & Culture

Explore Sudan’s Pyramids of Meroë by Google Arts & Culture

Google EMEA Brand Studio created this project in May, and we’re glad to have found it!

The piece lets users explore the pyramids of Meroë in Sudan through scroll-linked interactions. Users are given succinct background on the ancient civilization and then taken on a tour of the exterior and interior of a pyramid through WebXR, 3D models, and Google Street View with informative annotations.

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Disinformation, Fake News, and Influence Campaigns on Twitter by The Knight Foundation

In this 2017 piece, The Knight Foundation examines how over 10 million Tweets from 700,00 fake accounts on Twitter spread misinformation, influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The piece visualizes the different behavior of automated accounts from human ones using a 24-hour clock. Unlike humans, the bot accounts follow a consistent posting schedule, pushing conspiracy theories to the forefront.

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How China Targets the Global Fish Supply by The New York Times

In this NYT article, Steven Lee Myers, Agnes Chang, Derek Watkins, and Claire Fu have mapped the activity of Chinese fishing ships near or at the exclusive economic areas of Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina.

One map shows how far commercial ships from China are traveling to catch fish in South America, and another graph shows how long they’re staying, a worrying trend that’s depriving locals of food resources in the region.

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04. The Reality of Celebratory Gunfire

By 1Point21 Interactive

The Reality of Celebratory Gunfire by 1Point21 Interactive

1Point21 Interactive answers questions about how dangerous a falling bullet is and how far it can travel. The team uses animation and an interactive chart to show that regardless of what gun is employed and the shooting angle, it’s lethal to shoot a bullet into the sky.

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A New Era of Climate Disasters Revives Calls for Climate Reparations by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg, Eric Roston has collaborated with graphic journalists Raeedah Wahid and Rachael Dottle to explore the push for developing countries to obtain compensation for climate change damages from richer countries.

The article makes the recent floods in Pakistan a focal point through satellite images, photography, and maps that display the ongoing crisis in the country.

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