Africa is still a ‘Dark Continent’ According to this Internet Device Heat Map

Internet devices in the world 2014

Internet devices in the world 2014

The level of penetration of  internet usage in Africa is still growing as clearly depicted in this heat map showing Africa as a ‘dark continent’ as far as internet usage is concerned. This map shows the location of every single device connected to the Internet as created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices.

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According to John Matherly in a tweet “Pinged all devices on the Internet, here’s a map of where they’re located”.  The colors show how many devices are in a specific area. The redder the dot, the more the devices. The bluer, the fewer. Some areas have no dots, and you’ll notice a few dots in most parts of Africa. Basically it can be used to answer questions like “Where is the Internet”

He further added

[signoff predefined=”Movie Review Signoff” icon=”icon-username”]”My ping request would only reach whatever is directly connected to the Internet (i.e. your modem), which for a lot of people is their router, Note that it does also reach phones sometimes, I’ve seen iPhone/Android devices pop up on Shodan before.It took about five hours to get the data, and another 12 hours to create the map.”[/signoff]

Speaking about Africa John said

[signoff predefined=”Movie Review Signoff” icon=”icon-username”]I would expect certain areas (especially in Africa) to become brighter, but the only way to know for sure is to gather empirical data and keep track of it that way,[/signoff]

His tweet and data collected has sparked a lot of reaction from on social media.You can read some below

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  • eunice

    What about Canada, Greenland, Iceland. most of South America or a lot more. They must not be as important as africa.