the real geography of the internet and how it’s done

In 1901 the British Eastern Telegraph Company (nowadays Cable & Wireless) created this map of their cables both submarine and terrestrial around the world.

I find it remarkable that as early as 1901, much of the world was connected by only one company, of course it was not the only one. Click to enlarge.

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proposed russia to north america rail connection

The Transcontinental Railway aka ICL-World Link (Intercontinental link) is a planned 6,000-kilometer link between Siberia and Alaska providing oil, natural gas, electricity, and railroad passengers to the United States from Russia, which should be ready by 2030.

With the Eurostar, this means you could go straight from New York to London, Or with the European rail network one could get to Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Lyon.. With this system, one day you’ll be able to go from New York to New York! I look forward to seeing a bunch of New Yorkers in New York.

Joking apart, is this connection even possible?

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beneath the surface web

I’ll be talking about the Deep Web in this article. I’ll talk about it in general terms and as an introduction. I’ll talk about its good and its bad sides.
To understand what all this is about, we have to look at the Internet as an ocean. The ocean is a big mass of water and has billions of fishes that can be caught. We use fishing nets to catch these, and that’s what search engines basically are (Google, Yahoo!, Baidu, AOL, Bing…). A web search engine is a software system that searches for information on the World Wide Web (our big ocean).
When we go fishing, we do catch many fishes, but there are billions of other fishes left free that don’t get caught.
In this metaphor, the fishes in our net are the Surface Web. The other fishes left uncaught are the Deep Web.
Internet searches are searching only 0.03% of the total web pages available for average users.

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what is banned where?

I recently found another very topical and interesting map regarding politics, technology, maps and data published by MotherJones. An article containing a whole big mass of info of which you can get high on. It was published due to Turkey’s recent Twitter and YouTube banning.

Personally, I’d prefer to focus on the map rather than the article itself. You should read the text though (click on the image) since it explains in an objective point of view when or why Facebook, Twitter or YouTube have been banned in these countries.
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