360° Video Shows the Physical Infrastructure of the Internet in New York City

Author and researcher Ingrid Burrington has an interesting project which involves decoding the cryptic physical infrastructure of the internet in New York City.

This includes cables, relay boxes, wi-fi antennas and repeaters, and even the spray-painted symbols that ISP's like Time Warner Cable places on the street to identify what lies below. The project evolved into a website called Seeing Networks, and now into the #1 book on Amazon's Sociology of Urban Areas category.

Using New York as her point of reference and more than fifty color illustrations as her map, Burrington takes us on a tour of the urban network: She decodes spray-painted sidewalk markings, reveals the history behind cryptic manhole covers, shuffles us past subway cameras and giant carrier hotels, and peppers our journey with background stories about the NYPD's surveillance apparatus, twentieth-century telecommunication monopolies, high frequency trading on Wall Street, and the downtown building that houses the offices of both Google and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In this immersive 360° video from the New York Times, take a peek at some of the internet infrastructure hidden in plain sight. If you can't move the view around, you need to use the Google Chrome browser on desktop, or the YouTube App for iOS or Android to move around inside the video.

Purchase "Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure" for just $15 on Amazon

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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