Nonstate actors have become the primary agents of global politics. Operating across sovereign states, they do not trace their legitimacy to territorial control, relying instead on networks of virtual communities.
To a far greater degree than nation-states, they are empowered by the fluid, decentralized networks of telecommunication infrastructures. Nonstates dissolve the political definitions of territories, undermining a state's ability to protect property, regulate commerce, and manage cultural interaction. Borders break down, and the landscape becomes a field of networked activity.
This project proposes a cartography of the networked landscape. Mapped by roving network observatories, geolocation databases and IP addressing define flows over a topography of ping-times, bandwidth, fiber infrastructures, and eroding political boundaries. The ephemeral flows of network activity become visible, and the landscape begins to bear the traces of a digital ecology.
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