internet census – 2012


“To test if we could see a day night rhythm in the utilization of IP spaces we used all ICMP records to generate a series of images that show the difference from daily average utilization per half an hour. We composed theses images to a GIF animation that clearly shows a day night rhythm. The difference between day and night is lower for US and Central Europe because of the higher number of “always on” Internet connections. Full resolution GIFs and single images are available for download here.

Using a #botnet last year some hacker folks mapped the largest and most comprehensive IPv4 census ever. More here

The extrapolated size “If you added those, it would make for a total of 1.3 Billion used IP addresses“…

via Bruce Sterling

Regarding: Neuromancer, postmodernism and cyberpunk

Fredric Jameson (of Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism fame) looks “closely at the notion of cyberspace in Gibson, in order to see what it involves” and argues The new postmodern abstraction is the abstraction of information as such: the way in which the seemingly concrete visual image is already abstract by virtue of its transmission in advertising; it is a visual cliché and no longer merely a conceptual or verbal one. And it is precisely this new kind of abstraction which it was the unique vocation of cyberpunk to convey in literary form.

Further; “Gibson’s cyber-space is an abstraction to the second power. The initial metaphor of a city for an information network is a first-level abstraction; then the representation of that city by the abstractions of the architects raises it to a second power. In cyberpunk this second-level abstraction is to be read by being navigated, and the camera eye of the novel moves through them, as we have seen, following their openings and canyons, skirting their barriers, moving ever deeper into the nonexistent space of these new systems

Read the rest of the essay at Public Books

Regarding DISA, GIG, Domain Awareness System et al.,

ICYMI, Ingrid Burrington explored the contemporary state of networks as weapons systems, exemplified by the terms of “network-centric warfare” and “network-centric policing“.

Therein she argues;

In the face of an increased militarization, policing, and weaponization of networked space, the act of building an entirely separate, global parallel network requires an act of secession—not merely in a figurative John Perry Barlow sense, but a heavy, physical, infrastructural one whose borders, frankly, will never be legitimized…we can carve out pockets of opposition and contingency within the networks we have

More here

Regarding Uber

Adam Greenfield writes about the hegemonic “overt ideology” and disruptive “differential permissioning” that characterizes the business/social practices of the company.

He concludes;

The four values enumerated above make Uber a prime generator of the patterns of spatialized injustice Stephen Graham has called ‘software-sorted geographies,’ although it does so in a way unencompassed by Graham’s original account…Consciously or not, though, every such integration acts to normalize the Randian solipsism, the fratboy misogyny, and the sneering disdain for the very notion of a public good that saturates Uber’s presentation of its identity“.

More here