The Internet’s new borders

Has the Internet killed geography? Can you really run a dotcom from the top of a mountain? Will the Internet prevent national governments from enforcing local laws? Er, no. It turns out that the Internet is more constrained by geography than you might think, as I explain in this article in The Economist. Its cables piggyback on previous infrastructure, such as railways, sewers and (as I can’t resist pointing out) the pneumatic tubes that once carried telegrams. Honestly, I’m like a cracked record sometimes.

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