In the first part of the course, students find, collect and visualize structured data from reliable sources to frame the internet from various perspectives, providing a comprehensive overview of how it works, how it's used and its history through the decades.

The results are a collection of ten printed visualizations, one per group, tackling the complex shape and nature of the internet.

Group 1

Social networks in cultural areas

Della Pepa Gabriele, Febres Medina Andrea, Ghio Caterina, Granzotto Francesca, Rondi Paola, Stefani Elena

Social Networks are spread in the whole world and we get to know which Social Networks are the most used by people belonging to our own culture. How each country cultural heritage influences the use of Social Networks? Which are the most used types of Social Networks in the world?

Group 2

Demographics of the Internet

Cristina Pita da Veiga, Evansha Agrawal, Guilherme Appolinario, Maria Almeida, Natalia Malaver, Rebeca Vittorazo

People in more developed countries are used to omnipresent internet. But how are Internet Penetration rates across the rest of the world? And how it relates to other socio-economic indicatives? Are richer or more literate countries always the ones with bigger presence online? Answer these questions, visualize and discover interesting comparisons in the infographic.

Group 3

Traces of the new gold rush

Valentina Caiola, Davide Formenti, Riccardo Fuccelli, Diego Morra, Francesco Mugnaini, Andrea Pronzati

The classical digital payments methods are globally accepted despite their necessity of a centralized controller represented by banks. The gradual loss of trust in these institutions, new decentralized transaction system to exchange money. The visualization represents the last two years of cryptocurrencies’ financial history highlighting their carbon footprints emissions.

Group 4

The Physical Internet

Beatrice Bazzan, Allegra Colombo, Martina Giordano, Gianluca Misto, Ludovica Piro, Irina Stojsic

Internet is not something on the cloud, rather a structure made of physical objects: routers, submarine cables, internet exchange points and data centers. Through the visualization of the amount of the last three elements it is possible to see the connections and disparities between countries.

Group 5

WHOOPS! No internet connection found

Antonella Autuori, Agnese Bartolucci, Elena Catani, Mattia Cittadino, Anna Gazza, Barbara Vanoli

An internet shutdown is a disruption of internet communications. Discover, through the visualisation, how this phenomenon involved the worldwide population in 2018. Which are the causes related to these events? Declared? And suspected? But, first of all: Who shut down the internet?

Group 6

A brief history of top-30 popular websites

Di Wu, Xuan Zhang, Xushan Li, Shaomin Niu, Chenghsin Chen, Mengxue Jin

Websites as a digital platform have revolutionized our way of communication, living and information consumption. Some of the most popular websites today offer valuable services and information we need every day. What is the history of these popular websites? Were they always popular? Our goal is to create a visual representation of the rise and fall of these popular websites.

Group 7

What if internet companies were countries?

Bettini Matteo, Cremonesi Teresa, Enache Alexandru, Lombardi Giovanni, Pagano Valentina, Ren Pengyuan

In the past few years internet companies have increased, grew and developed incredible economic values and powers. How powerful are them? How many employees they have? Is it possible to visualize in a concrete way their richness? This project approaches the topic by comparing corporations with the concept of country, with the intent of reaching more easily the common sense of notion of institution by the reader. Companies are presented as real nations, translating their characteristics.

Group 8

Mapping the world of IP addresses

Andrej Cattaneo, Ivana Riva, Noura Sammoura, Maria del Pilar Suarez Anzorena, Arthur van der Werf, Yueling Wu

We all know there is an incredible amount of connected devices today. Many people nowadays use to term Internet of Things or IoT, but what does this actually mean? In this graph, the behaviour of countries is mapped according to their adoption of IP addresses. Furthermore, it can be seen how connectivity is distributed today.

Group 9

16 Years of Data Breaches

Lucia Maria Emilia Ferrari, Mariam Kozbar, Zina Nadery, Kira Pyatakova, Situ Yuming, Xu Mengting

Data breaches are information security incidents in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted or stolen by an unauthorized individual or group. The top 100 biggest data breaches in the past 16 years have been mapped on a timeline to show their extent and their frequency.

Group 10

Milestones of Internet

From the invention of initial Internet to now,many things happened in this period, but which can be called as milestone? And what are they? This data cum information visualization focuses on the milestones that led to the establishment of the Internet as we know it today, from its inception as an idea in the 1940s until the early 21st Century.