Images of globalization

Global Brain?

This image, captured in May 1999, maps all backbone routers based on distance from Lumeta's mapping host in New Jersey. On the color scale, yellow represents the closest nodes, while dark red is farthest away. Readers can construct their own metaphors about this image's similarity to neural networks of a human brain.
Source: http://www.informationweek.com/galleries/showImage.jhtml?galleryID=246&i...

Global Brain?

The boom in shipping trade

The boom in shipping trade. Map showing The boom in shipping trade and a graphic showing world imports.
Sources John Vidal, “Shipping boom fuels rising tide of global CO2 emissions”, The Guardian, February 13 2008; Atlas du Monde Diplomatique 2006, Armand Colin; Panorama des ports de commerce mondiaux 2003, ISEMAR, January 2005; Images économiques du monde 2002, Sedes.

 

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/the-boom-in-shipping-trade1

The boom in shipping trade

Transportation Means

Getting Around: Transportation Today, International Networks Archive (INA), Princeton University (http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/index.html)

This graphic visualizes the various forms of transportation available to today's population.

Transportation Means

The map of how bin Laden news spread through the Twittersphere

May 2, 2011, Dean Takahashi
http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/02/the-map-of-how-bin-laden-news-spread-t...

"The map above shows just how fast it all happened in the first 12 hours after the first tweets about the killing of the world’s most-wanted terrorist, starting around 730 pm Pacific time on Sunday. Sysomos said that its social media monitoring tool measured the spread.

Sheldon Levine of Sysomos said that about an hour and fifteen minutes after the word started spreading, and just as President Obama finished his address, there were more than 500,000 tweets, 796 blog posts and 507 published news articles. About 2.5 hours after the news broke, there were 860,177 tweets, 3,079 blog mentions, and 3,235 news stories."

The map of how bin Laden news spread through the Twittersphere

2009 Global Internet Map

"The map‘s global projection traces the intercontinental links between the countries of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and Africa. Regional close-ups provide insight into key routes within each region. Nine accompanying figures and tables present valuable data on Internet bandwidth by country, regional and global Internet capacity growth, backbone providers, traffic by application, wholesale pricing, and broadband user growth" (http://www.telegeography.com/products/map_internet/index.php).

2009 Global Internet Map