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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

40 Maps That Explain The Internet | visual data | Scoop.it

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 22, 1:00 PM
Here's why the Internet works, "... because open standards allow every network to connect to every other network.  (So far...)   This is what makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.

It levels the playing field for everyone and it’s the reason why we have a rich diversity of applications and services that many of us enjoy today.

Source:  Internetsociety.org    ~  D 

Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 22, 8:04 PM

Curious how the Internet started?  These maps of servers show the progression.

Coolwired's curator insight, August 31, 10:04 AM

This informative site sheds light on the pervasive workings of the Internet.

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Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering

Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering | visual data | Scoop.it

The New York Times used Google+ Hangouts to interview U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria’s chemical weapons. The Weather Channel used Google Earth to illustrate the damage of Superstorm Sandy through dramatic before and after satellite images and live YouTube video. And Svenska Dagbladet used the Google Maps API and crowdsourced information from readers to plot disparities in neighborhood mortgage rates, generating a meaningful debate in Sweden. 

These are just a few ways journalists around the world are already using the Internet and Google tools to report the news, visualize data and improve their storytelling capabilities. To continue helping journalists report the news in new and compelling ways, we’ve launched Google Media Tools, a centralized hub aimed at empowering journalists of all skill levels with more ways to connect with their audiences and communities.

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The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends | visual data | Scoop.it
Facebook is the only major social network in decline. Saudis share more online than anyone. You check your phone 150 times a day. And more.


Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's behemoth was born this morning, weighing in at 117 pages. Here are the 12 most interesting pages.

Check out the full report here.

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Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet

Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet | visual data | Scoop.it

It wasn’t malicious. The file itself was the size of a small JPEG. It was given the absolute lowest priority. And it was set to self-destruct if anything went wrong. But this small file allowed one single hacker to measure the Internet activity of nearly half a million connected devices around the world, then share the results with everyone.

How was this even possible? The "hacker" barely hacked anything. In reality, they gained access to all these systems because each had the default "root" set as a password. With this access in hand, they ran several tests focusing on Internet structure and activity. And what they created from all this data is a spectacular map that captures a day in the life of the Internet (and all of its users).

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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, May 11, 2013 3:17 AM
Wonderful
Nacho Vega's curator insight, May 11, 2013 12:18 PM

Creative power: hacking at the end of the world!

 

Using "root" as universal key :))

Kristin Newton's curator insight, May 11, 2013 10:10 PM

The Internet is connecting us day by day in amazing ways.

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The Big Data Explosion [infographic]

The Big Data Explosion [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere!

Take a look at the data that is being produced throughout the world every day and the sources of the explosion of big data...

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Andres Zurita's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:27 AM

amazing flow of info...

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Fascinating Infographics about the Internet

Fascinating Infographics about the Internet | visual data | Scoop.it

This link is a collection of inforgraphics about the Internet.

The gallery of visualizations looks at global web browser statistics, user behavior, online entertainment and more.

A few examples: Firefox is losing a slice of its share to other web browsers, while Internet Explorer still somehow holds on to roughly 50% of the market. Also how productivity is affected as a result of the internet and social networks, with the most unproductive apps and websites being Twitter and Facebook.

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How Much Data is Created Every Minute?

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HOW MUCH DATA IS CREATED EVERY MINUTE?
Data never sleeps. Every minute massive amounts of it are being generated from every phone, website and application across the Internet. Just how much data is being created and where does it come from?
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How Much Data is Created Every Minute?

How Much Data is Created Every Minute? | visual data | Scoop.it
The Internet has become a place where massive amounts of information and data are being generated every day.

Big data isn’t just some abstract concept created by the IT crowd, but a continually growing stream of digital activity pulsating through cables and airwaves across the world. This data never sleeps: every minute giant amounts of it are being generated from every phone, website and application across the Internet.

The question: how much is created, and where does it all come from?
To put things into perspective, this infographic by DOMO breaks down the amount of data generated on the Internet every minute. YouTube users upload 48 hours of video, Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content, Instagram users share 3,600 new photos, and Tumblr sees 27,778 new posts published...

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 21, 2012 7:23 AM
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The Internet Of Things: Every Device That Connects Us [Infographic]

The Internet Of Things: Every Device That Connects Us [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

When trying to piece together the devices that we use to connect to each other, it’s easy to see that it’s going to take a piece of paper the size of Texas to feature them all. Even if we manage to do so, we will be far from connecting them all in whatever way they use the Internet. So what do we do? Well, we do it anyway, and on a computer of course. Intel put together a really interesting infographic that lines up all the devices that we use to connect to each other.

For the first time, we can get a clear view of how the technological infrastructure was built and to what extent it reaches out. As you can see, the numbers represented get multiplied with each major technological milestone, and it’s easy to see that we’re heading for something really interesting in the future. Whatever it will be that will beat the Internet will be major, and even though I can’t imagine what that will be right now, it’s still exciting to know that we always come up with something to beat the previous technology. What do you think will be the next big thing in technology that will top the Internet?

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Visualizing the Cloud

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Visualizing the Cloud. Clouds too complex to grasp without visualization. Fine example courtesy DTrace.

I’ve worked on visualizations for a while, most recently with heatmaps for Joyent’s Cloud Analytics. While we’re using and enhancing these right now, we are also in a great position to continue developing new visualizations for cloud computing, given:

-Easy observability into all nodes via zones, and deeper analysis using DTrace.
-JavaScript and node.js to drive powerful visualizations.
-Large datacenters running interesting cloud computing workloads from a large variety of customers.

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The Internet’s infrastructure, visualized

The Internet’s infrastructure, visualized | visual data | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C.-based telecom company Telegeography has published a map of the undersea cables that physically connect the world’s Internet.
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Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News

Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News | visual data | Scoop.it
Art, maps,imagery and graphs add context and a visual component to numbers, locations, and information.
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Internet users flocking to social media in a big way | check it out!

Internet users flocking to social media in a big way | check it out! | visual data | Scoop.it

Social networks have shown exceptional growth over the past several years, attracting more than 200 million U.S. visitors in April 2011. Monthly visitors to the category have grown 61 percent since April 2008.

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What The Internet Would Look Like As A World Map

What The Internet Would Look Like As A World Map | visual data | Scoop.it
An artist has created a hand-drawn map of the Internet, where Google, Apple, and porn are continents.

The world of the Internet mirrors the real-world in myriad ways: there are members (we call them populations), websites (destinations to visit), acquisitions of companies (redrawn political boundaries). So what if the Internet could be visualized like our global politics?

That’s exactly what designer Martin Vargic did in this cartographic experiment which treats mega-companies such as Google, Microsoft, HP, and Apple like empires, on a classic world map. To explain the dominance and relationships of these entities, Vargic created a visual hierarchy that gives prominent treatment to companies with the most users (or sites with the most visitors), surrounding them with smaller states and townships named after adjacent businesses.


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This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map

This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A map from the Oxford Internet Institute reveals the geographical distribution of billions of photos uploaded to the popular image-sharing site.

Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation...

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Here's What The Internet Looks Like: Visualizing the Web

Here's What The Internet Looks Like: Visualizing the Web | visual data | Scoop.it

These data visualizations, caricatures, and images capture the internet in all it's wiry glory.

Though we use it every day in countless ways, the Internet remains mostly faceless to us. Like a faint memory, we feel we know it intimately but have no sense of its size, its scale, or its design.


To give form to what we too prevalently consider a formless entity, we've rounded up some impressive attempts at capturing its likeness--from data visualization to caricature--to better answer the question: What is the Internet, anyway?

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Infographic: An App That Maps The Web In Real Time

Infographic: An App That Maps The Web In Real Time | visual data | Scoop.it

Mankind loves making maps, and the world wide web, densely interconnected and phenomenally complex, always makes for a nice visual.

Typically these take the form of neon blobs floating against black backgrounds, like frames captured from old Winamp plug-ins, and while they’re always nice to look at, they don’t always do much in the way of helping us understand the massive global network we traverse every day. This latest effort, however, is a little different. Called simply Map of the Internet, it’s as informative as it is beautiful.


The map, which takes the form of a free app for Android and iOS, features 22,961 of the Internet’s biggest nodes--not individual websites, but the ISPs, universities, and other places that host them--joined by some 50,000 discrete connections. The app gives you two ways of surveying it all: geographically, on a globe, or by size, which rearranges the nodes into a loose column of points. Both views are interactive; instead of showing the Internet as a static neon blob, the app lets you explore the neon blob in the round, with all the familiar multitouch gestures. It may not look like the Google Maps app, but it instantly feels like it, which makes exploring the underbelly of the web all the easier...

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What not to do when designing infographics for the web

What not to do when designing infographics for the web | visual data | Scoop.it
With the rampant usage of the internet these days, most people get information using it for it is the easiest way to acquire one.


Infographics, visual representations of information, data or knowledge are an important tool in teaching, in business, in giving inspiration and in presenting information. It is one of the most strongest ways to communicate with complex data.


However, the effectiveness of an infographics greatly relies on how it is designed. Hence, to aid designers, here is a list of what not to do to create a successful infographic or visualization...

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How the Internet has Changed in the Last 10 Years [Infographic]

How the Internet has Changed in the Last 10 Years [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
This infographic visualizes the spectacular rise of the Internet in the last 10 years and how some companies have failed to adapt to the changes.

Here’s an interesting infographic that has been making the rounds across social media for the last two weeks. It visualizes the spectacular rise of the Internet in just 10 years. In 2002, the Internet boasted 569 million users, which translated to 9.1% of the world’s population. In 2012, that number has gone through the roof: There are now 2.27 billion users, or 33% of the world’s population.

Another formidable stat is the amount of time people spend online — in 2002, it was only 46 minutes a day (about the time it took to download four songs); in 2012, it’s four hours a day.

 

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Infographics Are Broken... We Can Do Better.

Infographics Are Broken... We Can Do Better. | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics on the web are so bad and so broken. They are everywhere, yet few actually do a decent job of conveying information- some even argue that they are ruining the Internet. They tend to be formulaic and overreaching, often cobbling together too much information instead of focusing on the one or two nuggets that are truly useful. (How much better would most infographics be if they pulled out the most salient chart or set of stats and discarded the rest?)

What publishers need is a better way to create and present visual data. We need a tool to produce well-designed infographics on our own—quickly, efficiently, and cheaply. And not just one-size-fits-all infographics—all kinds of data visualizations, from simple bar charts to interactive maps and timelines...

 

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SOPA Defeated: The Day The Internet Stood Still [Infographic]

SOPA Defeated: The Day The Internet Stood Still [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
The SOPA bill that threatened to destroy the internet has finally be taken down after a long period of protesting.

Just what exactly did it take to make Congress finally listen to us? Check it out in the infographic below.

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Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News

Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News | visual data | Scoop.it
Art, maps,imagery and graphs add context and a visual component to numbers, locations, and information.

With as much influx of data we contend with on a daily basis, visualization tools allows our brains to take a rest while perceiving content in a different light. In essence, visualization allows us to stop and smell the pixels, in spite of the fact we might learn a few things along the way.

Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data that makes it easier to read and understand. Tools for visualization exist in search, social networks, online communities, mobile apps and desktop applications.

Check out of some of the most unique visualization tools available today...

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The World of Data

The World of Data | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics provides information for how much data we generate on the internet each day. From how many hours spent on facebook to number of tweets posted worldwide per day, this infographic explains how much information is spread on the internet daily.

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Web Design Evolution: Two Decades of Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Web Design Evolution: Two Decades of Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] | visual data | Scoop.it
Here's an infographic that takes you on a tour of web design, starting with its humble beginnings two decades ago, and bringing you up to the present day.
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Toolness » Blog Archive » Collusion

I’ve been reading Eli Pariser’s book The Filter Bubble and was fascinated by his description of how data collection companies operate. Independently of that, David Ascher suggested that I add a feature to the Hackasaurus goggles which helps learners understand how cookies and tracking works.

I actually didn’t know a lot about tracking myself, so I whipped up a Firefox add-on called Collusion to help me visualize it better. The results were a little unsettling.

I’ve put a demonstration up at collusion.toolness.org, which takes you through five popular websites and visualizes the data collection companies that track you across them. From there, you can download the add-on if you want to see the tracking visualization of your own browsing behavior evolve in real-time.

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