A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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mapping the Middle East: Lumeta

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on September 30, 2008

For today, something beautiful and scientific mapped into one: Lumeta’s Internet mapping project, which includes this lyrical (okay, slightly alien-looking) map of Internet usage in the Middle East. (And no, I don’t know why Afghanistan and Pakistan are included here – one of the many moments in which stereotypes override geography.)

The map shows IPs rather than individual users, and I’m not sure how it accounts for Lebanese providers’ tendency to use European IPs (hence my confusion in 2007 when I suddenly found myself online from Lithuania). But its still a lovely map, and an interesting way to visualize our use of the Internet.

4 Responses to “mapping the Middle East: Lumeta”

  1. bobbywashere said

    Kinda makes the digital world look like an organic object. Looks colorful almost psychedelic and complicated.

    Regards
    BobbyM

  2. […] A Diamond's Eye View of the World, an American who lives/lived in Lebanon, draws our attention to Lumeta’s Internet mapping project, which “includes this lyrical (okay, slightly alien-looking) map of Internet usage in the Middle East.” Posted by Amira Al Hussaini  Print Version Share This […]

  3. Dear Bobby – you are right: it does look organic, although to me the spiky-ness also looks a bit un-human. To me it is both beautiful – an expression of our digital activity as an art object – and interesting, because it shows how inter-connected we are, even online.

  4. jd said

    To me it looks like the head of a dandelion flower going to seed before you make a wish and blow it to bits. Pretty.

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