Who runs the Internet? A poster put together by the folks at ICANN.
And this is what NYC’s internet infrastructure looks like on a map
A team of Canadian researchers have uncovered an unusual new example of “upstream filtering,” where online content in one country is blocked in another country due to filtering that happens in transit.
Researchers at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, revealed that some Oman Internet users using the Omantel ISP are also being subjected to Indian content restrictions because of traffic flowing through India.
If the internet is a global phenomenon, it’s because there are fiber-optic cables underneath the ocean. Light goes in on one shore and comes out the other, making these tubes the fundamental conduit of information throughout the global village. To make the light travel enormous distances, thousands of volts of electricity are sent through the cable’s copper sleeve to power repeaters, each the size and roughly the shape of a 600-pound bluefin tuna. Once a cable reaches a coast, it enters a building known as a “landing station” that receives and transmits the flashes of light sent across the water. The fiber-optic lines then connect to key hubs, known as “Internet exchange points,” which, for the most part, follow geography and population.
Country Codes of the World
Internet users by country 2010 (handmade visualized) (by jose.duarte)
Not only is Facebook now as big as the entire Internet was in 2004, but its total user base eclipses the population of many countries
Ever wondered how your email can cross the vastness of the ocean and be delivered almost instantly, anywhere in the world? It’s all down to a network of fibre-optic cables that link up the continents and transmit terabits of data every second.
This infographic provides a snapshot of how the number of connected devices has exploded since the birth of the Internet and the PC, as well as a glimpse forward to 2020. The Internet may be huge, but it’s going to get alot bigger.