Mapping the Internet

How does the Internet actually work geographically? Where are the "backbones?" How is each part of the world, each country, connected? Where is the traffic most intense? Where is connectivity most vulnerable?
These are important questions. You can probably think of others. The answers are not easy to find. Here is a link to a very promising project:

Social Networking in Latin America

Social networking is an Internet phenomenon that allows users to connect and interact with friends, colleagues, or anyone with a shared interest. These sites can simplify communication over vast geographical boundaries, or as is the case on college campuses, very small ones. Another feature of the social networking sites is that they allow users to craft their own profiles, or public persona, for anonymous browsers to view. Formerly, one would need knowledge of web design to create a personal information page, but social networking makes the process easy. Users can make their own profiles private, but usually at least a picture is available to strangers.

Recycling Modernity: Pirate electronic cultures in India

by Ravi Sundara

Are pirate/recycling electronic cultures the defining mark of the 'Asian' engagement with contemporary modernity? 'Asia', is of course a violent abstraction, but one can surely detect the chain of non-legal electronic markets from Hong Kong to Shanghai, from Singapore to Delhi. Non-legality has been a major feature of all East Asian computer cultures where Western electronic commodities are re-sold in the world market, particularly the

World Internet Users and Population Stats

The internet big picture: Comparative statistics of internet users around the world (please visit to see more graphs)

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