Data Visualization Researchers mapped how Internet activity fluctuates over the course of a day.

Published on October 22nd, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Mapping the Internet’s Sleep Cycle

Researchers from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering have mapped daily cycles of Internet use for nearly one billion IP addresses across the globe. The data, which is distinctly skewed toward U.S. and European activity, nevertheless shows what countries have the most dramatic differences between daytime and night-time connectivity. The researchers have speculated that this may be due to certain governments’ Internet use restrictions. The team hopes their work will inform other researchers developing tools to cope with massive Internet outages.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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