War for the Web
04 02.11

THE INTERNET IS OUT OF ROOM!

As Wired points out, on this past Thursday, February 3rd 2011, every existing IP address that can be created using the current protocols has been assigned to something. That means that a new numbering system that is compatible with the old one has to be invented and implemented.

None of the web’s inventors had any idea of the popularity or the role it would take in society, and we’ve come a long way from the walled gardens and bulletin boards of the early 90’s to the modern information age. I think it’s fascinating that a service was invented with no real conception of the consequences or the outcome.

Here’s a map of the current IP addresses, and where they’ve been assigned, courtesy of USC/Information Sciences Institute.IPv4 map

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