Posts Tagged ‘piracy’

Cutthroat Capitalism: An Economic Analysis of the Somali Pirate Business Model (Wired)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

[Editor's note: It's been a while since I've seen gradient country fills (!) on a map but this month's Wired magazine obliges with their highly stylized map of piracy off the Somalia coast. The Flash version of the print graphic has a nifty approach to panning the zoomed image, but beyond the novelty is not an effective navigation tool, especially with the single zoom in level.]

Republished from Wired.

Most of Somalia’s modern-day pirates are fisherman who traded nets for guns. They’ve learned that ransom is more profitable than robbery, and rather than squandering their loot, they reinvest in equipment and training. Today, no ship is safe within several hundred miles of the coast.

Continue reading at Wired . . .


Arr! Here be Pirates! IMB live piracy map 2008 (Kelso)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Just in time for Halloween: The International Chamber of Commerce has a live Google mashup of global piracy attacks. I discovered this map when helping a colleague at The Washington Post map recent events in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia. Read this story from The Washington Post with more background on the endemic piracy there. If you dig hard enough, you’ll discover a text file with all the data linked 2 deep in their source code. Their database goes back to 2005.

Screenshot below. Live site here.