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Gunning For Google Earth
by James Dunnigan
May 3, 2008

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China has been cracking down on Chinese language map sites on the Internet. Those within China have been ordered to only display government approved information. This is a standard practice in communist dictatorships, to control access to accurate maps. The government is also pressuring Google to limit military information displayed by Google Earth, otherwise China will block access to Google Earth. While China cannot keep foreign governments from using their photo satellites from looking at whatever they want in China, letting the general public in on this is frowned on. Actually, the Chinese are on to something, as the millions of Google Earth users that pore over the satellite images often discover things that intelligence agencies miss. The intel experts don't like to dwell on that, but the phenomenon is acknowledged. The "wisdom of crowds," so to speak.

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