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But as is the case with most personality research, it is tough to state with absolute certainty which came first—people open to experience or a good economy, conventional attitudes or poor health—and what’s having an effect on what.
While this map is here to emphasize the impact that screwing with the way the Internet works can have on everyday citizens of real-world democracies, I wonder if it’s too pretty for its own good. To those carrying out the attacks (activists, money makers, or just malicious, anarchistic hackers), I’d think the live display of their attack data is read with pride. Like graffiti.
“This analysis challenges the standard methods of dividing up the country on the basis of economic factors, voting patterns, cultural stereotypes or geography that appear to have become ingrained in the way people think about the United States,” said lead author Peter Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge. “At the same time, it reinforces some of the traditional beliefs that some areas of the country are friendlier than others, while some are more creative.”
It’s the Digital Attack Map, and it was produced in a collaborative effort by Google Ideas and Arbor Networks to raise awareness about distributed denial of service attacks. You know, those malicious digital attempts to choke, or shutdown websites by sending them volumes of traffic far too large for them to handle. The map ”surfaces anonymous attack traffic data to let users explore historic trends and find reports of outages happening on a given day,” as its about page explains.
By assessing the Big Five in the survey participants, the researchers identified three distinct psychological profiles among the group. Data were collected over 12 years in five samples, with a nationally representative sampling taken from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Colombia.
If your goal is to have as few slaves as possible — Walk Free says it is working to eradicate the practice in one generation’s time — then this map is very important, because it shows you which countries have the most slaves and thus which governments can do the most to reduce the global number of slaves. In that sense, the United States could stand to do a lot.