Messages in the Deep - Builtvisible
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Since the days of Cold War-era spying, underwater communication cables have proliferated exponentially across the globe. According to data released by TeleGeography, leading telecommunications market research firm, there are 277 undersea fibre optic cables in the world today. These cables carry 99% of all international communications, including Internet and telecom traffic. They span a total of 986,543 km, and each day route a quantity of data equivalent to several hundred US Libraries of Congress. This mass expansion of communication across the globe has forced surveillance methods to adapt and evolve accordingly.