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SIPIAPA | Elements of a Sociogram


SIPIAPA is a transnational advocacy group of media companies that has drawn fire for what the progressive and radical press call its connivance with U.S. interests in the region.

Crawling and dissecting the SIPIAPA Web site for a set period of time using Navicrawler and yEd yields a network of 780 nodes and 1087 edges.

What is most interesting is to accompany the evolution of the digital strategy introduced by the powerful Abril in 2011 in a training class for young journalists devised by the   It now offers consultancy on the subject, in partnership with the Master’s Course in Journalism, taught at the IICS — International Institute of Social Science — by Carlos Alberto di Franco — a prominent columnist and Opus Dei devotee.

And so and so forth. At first site, the network seems dominated by moderately to madly conservative political forces.

Here, the useful application of Web crawler and social network analysis is that it fills in beforehand some of the blank space to be explored. It also reveals k-neighbors you might not have ever heard of — 6toPoder and the post-grad journo course offered by Mejorando.la.

The details are eventually amounting to something: SIPIAPA and WAN-IFRA are huge and royally funded … and highly ideological.