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By on 19 January, 2021

Video Maps of the Attack on Washington

Maps Mania

Last week Parler, the controversial social network much loved by QAnon morons and right-wing domestic terrorists, was hacked. Very poor security on the Parler website meant that hackers were able to download every message, photo, and video posted to the site.

Using data from the Parler hack Kyle McDonald was able to create the Parler Video Uploads interactive map.

Rebekah Jones to GeoHipster: “We work at the cross-section of Earth and people”

Geohipster

Rebekah Jones’ unlikely notoriety as a coronavirus whistleblower stemmed from her ground-breaking work as the GIS Manager at the Florida Department of Health, where she led data and surveillance during the global pandemic. Her work became the standard for states nation-wide. In May 2020, when asked to manipulate data in support of a premature plan to reopen the state, Jones refused, was fired, defamed, and became an object of the press for months after she filed her whistleblower complaint against the state.

Favourite maps from 2020

Cartonerd

Kenneth Field selects his best maps from 2020, and reflects on the improving fortunes of #cartofail.

Natural Disasters of 2020

Map of the week

In addition to all the other problems of 2020, it was also a record setting year for natural disasters in the United States and worldwide. In the U.S. there were 22 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion. The previous record for this scale of loss was 16 in 2011 and 2017. These disasters also caused 262 deaths. Here’s a map from NOAA.

The Coronavirus Worldwide

Map of the week

The most appropriate way I can think of to end 2020, this year of pandemic, is to show where we are at worldwide. This is from statista. Here is the same map from March 6, 2020 via Newsweek. Note that the highest number category in March is now the middle category.

Mapping the Parler Hack

Parler, the controversial social network much loved by QAnon morons and right-wing domestic terrorists, is having a bad week. Over the weekend Amazon banned Parler from its AWS cloud servers. Now it has had all its data hacked.

Very poor security on the Parler website has meant that anyone has been able to download every message, photo, and video posted to the site. After the FBI began asking people to identify domestic terrorists appearing in photos and videos of last week’s attack on the United States Capitol many Parler users began to hurriedly delete media they had shared on the social network. Unfortunately for them Parler’s terrible security means that hackers have also been able to download all deleted posts.

 

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