Amnesty International's latest campaign features a map front and center. The Campaign for Global Justice, launched this week on International Justice Day, which celebrates the creation of the International Criminal Court 10 years ago, asks people to demand justice for the victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The map, integrated on the campaign homepage, tells the story of where these crimes -- and their perpetrators -- are located as well as countries' support of the international justice system and payment toward reparations.
Technology Tells Stories
Development Seed worked with Amnesty International's team to design the map using our our open-source software TileMill, which we've written about here before. We trained their team on how to use TileMill and maps to tell the stories behind their future campaigns.
Demandjusticenow.org is a great examples of how maps can be powerful tools to tell stories. We designed these maps with a narrative goal in mind. We created built-in navigation, walking viewers through Amnesty's current work around the world and individual countries' support of the International Criminal Court -- shown through map layers visualizing data on support of actions and justice. The final layer, shown below, highlights gaps in donations to fund reparations.
Call to Action
The map also has a Twitter widget embedded so viewers can join the conversation and share the site -- combining elements more typically seen in advocacy campaigns. Check out the whole map to sign petitions demanding the arrest of fugitives and other opportunities to demand justice.
Open-Source Mapping Tools