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Published 8 months ago with 3 Comments

Google Maps is Different in Other Countries

A lot of the disputed borders in the world are islands that multiple nations claim ownership of. The problem is there’s no differences on Google Maps as the borders are visually the same. For the purposes of this video I have assumed that Google is politically neutral. There are a lot of good arguments against that assumption, but that’s a video for another day.

 

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  • kxh
    +12

    This really is a fascinating article. I do wonder though, if google maps shows say Kashmir as part of India, when in India and as part of China, when in China, what does it show when you're in Kashmir? IE what does it show when you're in a contested region?

  • kxh
    +9

    To ask the question that the US government asked of Kapersky:

    If the US government leaned on Google hard enough would Google not do what they were told?

  • leweb
    +6

    Because this is how you maximize profit. Or you thought Google was being nice trying to teach geography to the world for free?

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