In a post about global communications networks, I speculated that there is a direct correlation between the level of connectivity in terms of cabling, and the level of digital interactions taking place in specific geographic locations. The most accurate, and also rather illegal, map that actually shows these interactions was created by a researcher just under a year ago. His findings largely correspond with my own speculations.
Strikingly, these hubs of activity for the most part also correlate with levels of economic and urban development – this is unsurprising in that new technologies are most easily and quickly adopted by wealthier nations. It does raise questions that the emergence of new, and development of existing, cities in the future could be shaped by levels of digital connectivity. Communications infrastructure as a driver for urban development as opposed to the other way around.