Berkman Center and Internet Monitor Unveil New Change.org Dashboard Widget

At any given moment, people from all over the world are using the tools on Change.org to create change, both big and small, and to build support around a variety of issues.

Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with Internet Monitor, a project based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Through this partnership, Change.org will add real-time data visualizations of social change to the Internet Monitor dashboard, a tool that aims to improve information in order to shape the future of the Internet by identifying trends in Internet health and activity through data analysis and visualization.

Here at Change.org, our product and data science teams monitor activity on the platform around the clock to identify when, where, and how people are taking action to create change. More than 125 million users worldwide are using the Change.org platform to start roughly 1,000 petitions each week on a wide range of issues.

Some other interesting insights:

  • More than 47,000,000 Change.org users have participated in a victory on our site
  • Change.org users have won over 15,000 campaigns on our site
  • Petitions on Change.org are signed on average over 1 million times daily

The new Change.org widget in the Internet Monitor dashboard displays a live feed of petition signatures from our impact map, showing in real time where users are taking action to create social change.

This impact map widget is part of a growing collection of data visualization widgets from a broad range of partners, including Akamai, Global Voices, the International Telecommunication Union, Kaspersky Labs, among others that show information about Internet access and infrastructure, online content controls, and digital activity. Users can explore, create, customize, and share collections of these visualizations on the Internet Monitor dashboard.

Having debuted this past September at the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative, the Internet Monitor dashboard aims to foster an open, interoperable, and affordable Internet that serves the global public interest.

Read more about the Internet Monitor dashboard project in this article from Beta Boston.

About Internet Monitor

Internet Monitor is a research project based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Internet Monitor’s aim is to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world. The project helps researchers, advocates, policymakers, and user communities understand trends in Internet health and activity through research, analysis, and data visualization. More information can be found at https://thenetmonitor.org.

 

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