Map the internet

Icarus

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Wait... what, exactly, is mapping the internet? And how is it done?

I looked around on the site, but I couldn't find the answer to these questions.
 

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NoSubstance said:
Wait... what, exactly, is mapping the internet? And how is it done?

I looked around on the site, but I couldn't find the answer to these questions.

they're like roadmaps, they help you navigate the internet. how did you miss them? internet maps are like 98769076 x's better than google, they roxor:)
 

Icarus

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They look like a tangle of string...

How do you map 0's and 1's? It's not like the internet has dimensions... it's data.
 

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NoSubstance said:
They look like a tangle of string...

How do you map 0's and 1's? It's not like the internet has dimensions... it's data.

the internet is a physical entity, therfore it can be mapped. they're mapping internet backbone ie: cables and physical connections. think physical layer.
 

Icarus

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Oh, so they're mapping that... I thought it was like...

"Hmm... I can't figure out how to get to WTF.com."

"You missed a right. You needed to turn at AlienSoup."

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Wait... what, exactly, is mapping the internet? And how is it done?
I looked around on the site, but I couldn't find the answer to these questions.
It's mapping it using an advanced "Traceroute".
When you ping something or transfer any data for that matter. The data will take a particular path, crossing router after router till it arrives. Traceroute gives you a list of all the IP addresses of the router interfaces that the data traverses. By doing this you can see when you hit another network, and the routes branch off into multiple directions, essentially going out a particular interface, leading to a different network. If you look close you can see a number of highly redundant routes toward the center, and you'll notice them diminishing toward the edges.

Something they talked about on the site was interesting

-This project started as a bet, but after I warmed up to the idea I found a lot of value in the project itself:

-Mapping the Internet weekly will allow us to see major disasters in different parts of the world. The Internet is a huge disasters sensor. If I had maps of pre-war Iraq and then compared them to today, one could see how badly Iraq was destroyed. The idea of a metaphysical representation of the real world is very interesting to me.

-The project can show the Internet growth.

-The project is art.
 

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That is in fact very cool. True public access to the internet has been around for what? Maybe a decade...15 years? Makes you think whats it going to be like in the next 15.........