The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 8


1 May 1999

The Geographies of Cyberspace

In this I paper I explore the need for a new field of geographic enquiry called cybergeography. This is the investigation of the complex and multifaceted structure, use and experience of the online world inside global computer-communications networks, most obviously represented by the Internet and the World-Wide Web.

In particular I focus on how one can study the geography of Internet diffusion from publicly available statistics. Then I consider ways that the landscapes of Cyberspace can be mapped to enhance our understanding of their evolving form and texture using examples of a real-time 'weather map' of Internet congestion and maps of the urban structure of virtual world.

(An earlier version of this paper was presented at Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston in March 1998.)

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 382KB.

Authors: Martin Dodge

Publication Date: 1/5/1999

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