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Resource ID: #27684
Subject: Mapping
Source: Fusion
Date: 2024-03-04



This series found people who have been affected by mistakes in digital cartography, or the mapping of internet-connected devices via their IP addresses to the physical world. Our major finding was that a widely used Boston-based company called MaxMind that maps IP addresses had chosen default locations around the country for devices it could not map precisely. Some of those locations were on the property of homeowners. It resulted in millions of IP addresses being inaccurately mapped to these people's homes, and when the IP address was used to do something bad online, legal authorities and internet vigilantes assumed the people who lived at the homes were the culprits.

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