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This great graphic by the guys at Mhealth Africa illustrates where innovation hubs are popping up across the continent.

African Innovation Hubs

In this image, the country code top level domains of Africa are organized by geoposition. The top countries are scaled to reflect the number of millions of internet users in those countries. Top Countries (by millions of users): (1) Egypt (2) Nigeria (3) Morocco (4) South Africa (5) Sudan (6) Algeria (7) Kenya (8) Tunisia (9) Uganda (10) Zimbabwe.

On January 25th, 2011 “The Day of Anger” a string of protests took place across Egypt. The protests were
organized for many reasons, but largely due to frustration with the country’s government. In retaliation, the Egyptian government shut down internet traffic to and from the country and Africa’s first registered ccTLD (.EG), representing a population of 80 million (17 million regular internet users) effectively disappeared from the web.

This graphic originally visualized the ccTLDs of the African continent. It’s been adapted to represent this temporary loss of Egyptian voices online. If we could see Africa’s top level domains this would be a snapshot of the continent on the morning of Feb 1 after the last of Egypt’s ISPs was taken offline.

High-Res Version | Original Image

The original image with Egypt included.

This graphic purposefully references this similar graphic by the guys at ByteLevel Research.

This map visualizes the ccTLDs of the African continent. The country code top level domains of Africa are organized by geoposition, while the top countries are scaled to reflect the number of millions of internet users in those countries.

Country Codes of Africa

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Top Countries (by millions of users): (1) Egypt (2) Nigeria (3) Morocco (4) South Africa (5) Sudan (6) Algeria (7) Kenya (8) Tunisia (9) Uganda (10) Zimbabwe

The first ccTLDs registered in Africa were .EG (Egypt) and .ZA (South Africa), both assigned in 1990. The last came with the 1998 registration of .KM (Comoros). There are total of 56 ccTLDs registered in Africa. In 1997 .ZR (Zaire) was retired and .CD went into use, a reflection of the country’s new name, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Works Cited: Data used to make this map was taken from and are accurate through December 31,2009 using research originally published by Miniwatts Marketing Group. “Introduction to ccTLDs
and Status of African ccTLDs” by Eric Akumiah, AfTLD Adminstrative Manager. Graphic inspired by “Country Codes of the World” by Byte Level Research.

This post from ForeignPolicy by Joshua Keating details the necessary steps to form your own country but the image below sums it all up neatly…

This all looks fairly straightforward so I’ve decided to declare my office as the sovereign nation of Appghanistan. It’s not just a developing nation, it’s a web developing nation! Our primary exports are software applications, great design and sarcasm. The capital city shall be known as Freelancia. We’re now selling visas at $100 per entry.

Twenty-Five percent (about 1.73 billion) of the world’s population is currently online, largely in developed world countries. Challenges for bringing the other four billion online include: investment in regional infrastructure, reducing individual poverty, offering multilingual content, engaging mobile web users, producing local content and reducing the wholesale costs of bandwidth and computing equipment. It’s incredible to consider that even with all the amazing content available on the internet right now, three fourths of the planet have yet to even join the global conversation. The above graphic illustrates how far we’ve come as well as how far we still have to go.

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Mashing up some data from Ushahidi and a number of reports on the mining of coltan (columbite and tantalite) it’s easy to see the correlation between heavily mined areas and the conflict regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


As you can see in the graphic above, red indicates reports of incident captured at while the blue illustrates areas where coltan is mined. Of course there’s a lot of other mining going on in these areas as well, but I was interested mainly in coltan mining for the purpose of this infographic. As usual, you can find the highres image at flickr.

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In my Infostate of Africa graphic I tried to bring attention to one of the geekier problems facing Africa: the issue of country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs) and why only a fifth of African countries own and control them. For those of you who aren’t sure what this means, think .us, .uk, .nz, .jp etc. (United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Japan respectively), all those domains are owned, controlled by and managed from the countries they represent. Not the case in the majority of African countries.

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Population of the Dead

Jon Gosier —  November 16, 2009 — 26 Comments

How many people have ever lived? While doing research about populations for my last piece, I began to wonder just how many people had ever walked the face of the earth. The articles I found [here and here] were intriguing so I decided to visualize them as well. Link to the high-res.

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Infostate of Africa

Jon Gosier —  November 13, 2009 — 31 Comments

People often only see Africa from one perspective, here’s another. The above infographic details some of the happenings over the past few years in regards to infrastructure improvement and capacity building in Africa, particularly in the area of the internet and cost. The sources are various reports from the International Monetary Fund, InternetWorldStats, the Millennium Development Goals, research papers, various websites, executive market research and more; compiling some fascinating facts about the continent’s ‘infostate’ (trends in information technology and communication).

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