Over February and March 2011, as violence and civil unrest in Libya escalated to provoke what would ultimately be the fall of Muammar Al-Gaddafi, Twitter user Arasmus aimed to help pro-democracy protesters on the ground by mapping surges of violence in the country.
Using Google Maps and sourcing reports from trusted accounts on Twitter, Arasmus compiled what would become the Mapping Violence Against Pro-Democracy Protests in Libya map, a crowdsourced online map showcasing the location and type of violence reported. The mapped instances include airborne attacks and police and army violence, but also the existence of food and basic supplies, medical assistance and even fuel. In a country where no independent media operated at the start of civilian unrest, Arasmus sought to create an easily accessible tool that could be trusted and used by both protesters on the ground and all those watching from the outside. Updated daily and distributed to the media, the map garnered attention from media outlets all over the world, being consistently identified as a trustable source of information. Arasmus updated the map until the end of March, when he declared its purpose of drawing international media attention to Libya to be fulfilled.