EXHIBIT: Mapping Cyberspace

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Science  22 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5598, pp. 1521
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5598.1521a

What does cyberspace, once defined as “the ether inside and in between all computers,” actually look like? The new “Atlas of Cyberspaces” offers a collection of maps and other visual attempts to portray this growing worldwide digital landscape.

The Web site, created by geographer Martin Dodge of the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis in London, U.K., surveys the different ways that people conceptualize cyberspace, from artists to geographers and topologists. Here, you can peruse creative impressions or filmmakers' fantasies. (Remember that weird green “corridor of code” in The Matrix?) Or explore the “Spamdemic”: Circuit diagrams show you the origins of those improve-your-credit offers and toner-cartridge ads jamming your inbox.

For a brain-twister, check out the site's many-dimensioned mathematical cyberspaces. Or relax into a more familiar cartographic format and see how World Wide Web hubs link points across the globe.

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