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alpha 3.9 : silent clap of the status quo

‘The sea within our cultural imagination has been endlessly depicted as unoccupiable – commonly expressed through the phrase ‘high seas’ – a zone that is thought to be free from the control of any individual nation or state. Article 112 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea states that “All States are entitled to lay submarine cables on bed of high seas”. 99% of the world’s internet and international communications runs through cables laid at the bottom of oceans and seas. Deep within the archives of parties involved in these endeavours sits a collection of ‘inspection videos’ of cables covering the length of these networks.’

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