“Egypt is the crystal ball in which the Arab world sees its future,” says Kovas Boguta, creator of this infographic analyzing Twitter communication surrounding the unrest in Egypt. The map is arranged to place individual Twitter users close to the people with which they communicate. The red and blue dots represent which language users choose to communicate with, English or Arabic (a choice that itself can be meaningful). The size of the dots represent the individuals relative influence on the social network as a whole. Different factions are placed near the factions that they influence, revealing intricate layers of communication. Boguta explains:
“The lump on the left is dominated by journalists, NGO and foreign policy types; it seems nearly gafted on, and goes through an intermediary buffer layer before making contact with the true Egyptian activists on the ground. However, this process of translation and aggregation is key; it is how those in Egypt are finally getting a voice in Western society, and an insurance policy against regime violence. Many of the prominent nodes in this network were at some point arrested, but their deep connectivity help ensure they were not ‘dissapeared’.”
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