We're all surrounded by infrastructure that we rarely pay attention to... except on those rare occasions when it fails. When the gas gets shut off in Bulgaria or the internet in Egypt, we reach for maps of infrastructure to understand what's going on. These may not be the right maps - maps of infrastructure show what's possible in a connected world, but not necessarily what happens. Understanding globalization requires new kinds of maps - maps of flow of bits, atoms and ideas.
Ethan Zuckerman became a fellow of the Berkman Center in January, 2003. His work at Berkman focuses on the impact of technology on the developing world. His current projects include a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and work on a clearinghouse for software for international development. Continued.
Last updated January 29, 2009