Join FACT for a walk round the streets surrounding FACT on the hunt for traces of the internet. Scars in the road reveal buried fibre optics, antenna’s mark mobile phone data transmitters. We take a wandering walk in search of a psychogeography of hidden signals and systems as we try to discover just what makes the internet a cloud.
If you happen to like drawing weird street furniture and architecture, bring a sketch pad.
The New Cloud Atlas is a global effort to map each warehouse data centre, Internet exchange, connecting cable and switch of physical significance in the operation of ‘the cloud’ in an open and accountable way for everyone to see and use.
The Internet cloud first appeared in network diagrams in the 1970s and 1980s, where a cloud symbol was used to stand in for the complexity of ways in which information passes through connections between computers. Once the domain of national governments, information infrastructures like ‘the cloud’ are increasingly constructed, operated, and maintained by major multinational corporations. We trust them with our emails and our childhood photographs, our meeting plans and whatever else we use ‘the cloud’ for.