Exploring what the Internet is made of
The company powers much of the Internet, but its cloud facilities are difficult to find.
Photographs of what “the cloud” actually looks like
Rooms and rooms of cables, switches, and freezing cold air
“There’s something stomach-twisting about a company offering free video streaming but charging for the data used when filling out an online job application.”
The data centers that support the Internet use a huge amount of energy.
A mysterious AT&T relic reveals connections between telecommunications infrastructure and the Cold War.
There’s a poetry in the bits and pieces of Internet infrastructure that hide in plain sight all around us.
How the “sharing” company’s data centers reveal its values
“Networks, land, power, and taxes.”
In the American West, there are ruins everywhere.
It’s no accident that Iowa, where the first transcontinental railroad began, is now home to a huge data-center industry.
Why would the intelligence agency put its largest surveillance storehouse in the middle of a desert?
How cold weather, taxes, and sovereignty dictate the placement of data centers overseas.
The cable that connects the U.S. to the global Internet runs right next to a small coastal town in California. Why do so few of its residents have broadband?
Hint: It has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin or terrorism.
When your data-center road trip is waylaid by rain, why not use the time to define your terms?
An epic American road trip—to see “The Cloud” in all its strange manifestations—begins in an old lab at UCLA.
Contemporary ideas about data and privacy are tied up inextricably with language choices.
Welcome to the era of parental computing, or how the cloud makes children of us all