Visualising information: Are my rights the same as your rights?

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By Digital Methods Initiative for GISWatch

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 12 July 2010

In a unique study, researchers from the Netherlands asked, if you type the word “rights” into, do you see the same types of rights in the top ten search results as if you type “derechos” (rights in Spanish) into the Argentinian Google? The answer is no. The search results showed that the “rights of the over-indebted” is unique to Ivory Coast as was the “right to education in a native sign language” to Finland. The results –which have been turned into a unique rights-map— together with an analysis of tweets during the 2009 Iranian election crisis are published in Global Information Society Watch 2009 which highlights the use of online information for advancing democracy and human rights.

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