In this abstract visualization, Barrett Lyon, a designer and founder of the Opte Project, uses real IP data to show visually how the internet has grown from 1997 until now. Using colors and nerve-like lines, the Opte Project gives a visual representation of how the internet is comprised from small regional networks to major backbone infrastructure.
"The Internet is one of humanity's most important creations. This video takes you through a journey of incredible engineering. Starting from the first routing table captures (provided by the University of Oregon's RouteViews project) in 1997, we walk through the first Internet's astonishing growth to 2021."
Not everything in Lyon's colorful graphic inspires wonder. There's also what he refers to as the "darker side" such as China's network infrastructure which filters all information through two central points. This design is what allows the government to control which information gets distributed and which does not.
"Now I hope this map will be a teaching tool on why we need to build a new Internet with new core principles built into it. The Internet is woven into society, and by changing the Internet, it's possible to change the world."