Cartography of the Datasphere


Our research aims to develop tools to better understand and represent this environment and what happens in it: regional approach to digital space, data flows, logical and physical routes, social networks, etc.

An important part of the literature explores the relationship between geography and power. Geographic knowledge has long been considered an instrument of power for nation-states (Lacoste 2012). 

Yet mapping digital space remains a challenge, and in the age of Big Data, web platforms possess a higher level of spatial information than most states. The relationship between geography and power must therefore be reconsidered. Following the example of Dodge and Kitchin (2001), various initiatives have attempted to map the geography of physical infrastructure or connectivity (Dyn Research, Caida, Telegeography). 

Geographers are using the Web to collect data in geographic information systems and produce representations of various phenomena such as automobile traffic, social conflict, or viral outbreaks (Batty 2013; Zook et al. 2010). Few, however, have focused on the morphology of the datasphere itself, its topological dimension, and the role of new digital actors in territorial knowledge (Kumar 2010). 

Finally, researchers have only recently focused on the power of platforms (Weber 2017, Douzet et al. 2015, Frénot et al. 2014), and their strategic implications for states. The work conducted by our team on inferring and mapping the structure of a state’s connectivity from BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) data and analyzing their strategic stakes is pioneering in geopolitics (Douzet et al. 2020; Ermoshina 2018).


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Researchers of the theme

BECHROURI Ibrahim PhD in Geopolitics, expert on anti-terrorism issues
BERTRAN Marie Gabrielle PhD candidate, software development specialist in Russia
CATTARUZZA Amaël University professor in geography, specialist in digital technology and the Balkans
COLIN Sébastien Lecturer in Geography
DANET Dider Lecturer and Director of the Specialized Master in Cyber ​​Defense Operations and Crisis Management
DESFORGES Alix PostDoct, French cyber defense specialist
DOUZET Frédérick Director of GEODE, University Professor and member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
ESCORNE Charlotte PhD candidate, specialized in the deployment of 5G in Africa
ESTECAHANDY Hugo PhD candidate, specialist in the geographies of crypto-currencies and their mining industries
FRANÇOIS Camille PhD candidate, specialist in informational operations on social networks
FRANÇOIS Margot PhD candidate, specialist in Cuban digital space
GÉRARD Colin PhD, specialist in Russian information influence strategies
GRUMBACH Stéphane Research Director at Inria, specialist in geopolitical issues of the digital transformation of human societies
LIMONIER Kevin Deputy Director of GEODE, lecturer, specialist in Russian-speaking cyberspace
MAROTTE Guilhem PhD in Geography, specializing in geopolitics and cartography at the French Institute of Geopolitics. Northern Ireland specialist
PETINIAUD Louis PhD in Geopolitics, specialist in the geopolitics of Internet infrastructures and data routing in territorial conflicts in the post-Soviet space
RAUZY Pablo Lecturer in computer science, specialist in emancipatory computer security
ROBINE Jeremy Lecturer and specialist in geopolitical conflicts linked to “racialized” minorities
SAINT-MEZARD Isabelle Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics and Deputy Director of IFG Lab
SALAMATIAN Kavé Professor at the University of Savoie. Specialist in Internet measurement and information theory in networks
SALAMATIAN Loqman PhD candidate in mathematics. Internet transmission protocol specialist
Sophie Hamel PhD candidate, focusing on the deployment of digital infrastructure in the South Pacific
TAILLAT Stéphane Lecturer, Cyber ​​Warfare specialist