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Africa Without Egypt [Infographic]

A snapshot of the digital layer of the continent on the morning of Feb 1 after the last of Egypt’s ISPs was taken offline.

Jonathan Gosier
Jonathan Gosier on February 9, 2011.

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.

Reprinted with kind permission from Appfrica.

Appfrica Labs is a consultancy focusing on software development, data visualization, design and global innovation.

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