On the Media Interview: John Gravois on Making Maps, The Google Way

Making Maps, the Google Way

Earlier this year, a government official from Cambodia wrote a letter to Google, complaining about one of the company’s maps. The letter claimed that Google’s depiction of a stretch of border between Cambodia and Thailand was “devoid of truth and reality, and professionally irresponsible.” As editor John Gravois points out in Washington Monthly, 21st-century mapmaking can be politically thorny.

Source: On the Media, July 23, 2010, transcript to be available on July 26th: http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2010/07/23/04

See also:

John Gravois, 2010. The Agnostic Cartographer: How Google’s Open Ended Maps are Embroiling the Company in some of the World’s Touchiest Geopolitical Disputes, Washington Monthly (July/Aug 2010).

Google’s New and Improved Map Borders – How do They Fare? Ogle Earth, July 21, 2010

India and China

Cambodia and Thailand

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