Douwe Osinga and Ernst Wit have created an algorithmic tool to generate different types of world maps. By seaching the net for relations between countries, the algorithm places the countries on the map according to size (how often are they mentioned) and relations (how often are two contries mentioned on the same page). The latter places the US quite close to Iraq on the map.
In the discussion afterwards, Fatima Lasay's comment received the first spontaneous applaus of the conference: " It is dangerous to see mapping of the web as reality".
The map project was done using Altavista, but the conference's bio reveals that Douwe works for Google ...