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Growing the Internet 13 March 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a map?

Michael Kende
By Michael KendeSenior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Institute, Geneva
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BlancheGoogle Peering & Content Distribution - Europe, Middle East and Africa

Based on the positive response to the online maps we released last year, they tell a story. All of us understand the digital divide, but here we can see it in the differences between regions, and we can puzzle why some countries stand out within a region. To help find answers, we can see how affordability of Internet access differs and can help to explain adoption levels. What about the speed of broadband? Is the speed in our country really so slow compared to our neighbours, or is it better than we thought? And why is the Internet more or less resilient?

These were among the topics covered in last year’s Global Internet Report, and we have just updated those maps. We also went further, and added maps on Internet resources (IPv4 allocations, ccTLD usage) and the stage of DNSSEC deployment across countries. We also started to address content, looking at Wikipedia edits across countries, as well as limits on content in different countries.

Enjoy the maps - you can embed them in your own pages, and help us to share the further. Please also let us know if there are other public data sources we could use to create more maps, so that we can add more chapters to the living story of how the Internet is spreading everywhere, for everyone.

Picture © Aram Bartholl 2014 by-nc-sa 3.0

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