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Mapping software

This presentation considered the varying ways that cyberspace has been mapped, particularly in the phase of wide public awareness of the internet in 1990s. It considered the complexity of elements of cyberspace to be mapped in relation to the limits of conventional cartographic approaches, and the challenges of geographically referencing the virtual spaces. There was some consideration of the surprising failure of spatialisation of information structures to provide new map-like modes of online navigation. It will also be interesting to see if the emergence of the so-called ‘new aesthetic’ will overcome some of the these earlier challenges in mapping cyberspace. But perhaps the most pressing challenge for scholars and activists is imagine and enact ways to map the evermore ubiquitous code and hidden spaces of software that condition city spaces and so much of our everyday living.

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