These visually striking and compelling maps come from the GDELT Project, which claims to be the largest open database of human society ever created.

Backed by Google, it has created a platform that monitors news sources around the world, from 1979 to the present day, and visualises them in real-time.

Global news

Protests and unrest

Happy news/sad news

Disease

You can read more about the project here.

HT Washington Post

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