This is the famous “Peacock Map,” depicting the internet circa 2005. A map today would look very similar, but also completely different, since the connections on the network are ever-changing. What this map shows is that the internet is a vast switching system for the distribution of information at near instantaneous speeds across great distances. There are no borders on the internet and its structure makes action across global distances, without regard for national borders, the norm rather than the exception.

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