Behold, the Internet

Check out this gorgeous map of the Internet, compiled by thousands of geeks researchers studying the Web’s connectivity. The dense nodes in the center represent the core of the Web through which most traffic flows. The study’s novel finding: Taking away these core connections wouldn’t crash the net. The ‘mantle’ and ‘crust’ of connections would ...

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Check out this gorgeous map of the Internet, compiled by thousands of geeks researchers studying the Web's connectivity. The dense nodes in the center represent the core of the Web through which most traffic flows. The study's novel finding: Taking away these core connections wouldn't crash the net. The 'mantle' and 'crust' of connections would keep humming, albeit a little slower, through peer-to-peer connections.

Check out this gorgeous map of the Internet, compiled by thousands of geeks researchers studying the Web’s connectivity. The dense nodes in the center represent the core of the Web through which most traffic flows. The study’s novel finding: Taking away these core connections wouldn’t crash the net. The ‘mantle’ and ‘crust’ of connections would keep humming, albeit a little slower, through peer-to-peer connections.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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