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
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
- Arunachal Pradesh: Indian or Chinese in Google Earth? Ogle Earth, November 4, 2007.
- India, China Begin Talks on Border Disputes, Reuters, August 7, 2009.
- Google Maps’ Arunachal Pradesh place names turn Chinese, Google admits error, Ogle Earth, August 9, 2009.
- Google Placates India, China with Different Map Versions, Reuters, October 23, 2009.
Cambodia and Thailand
- Cambodia blasts Google map of disputed Thai border, Reuters, February 5, 2010.
Azerbajjan and Armenia
- From Nakhchivan to Nagorno-Karabakh: What’s in a name? Ogle Earth, January 3, 2010.
- Azerbaijan to Google: Nakhchivan is (still) ours, Ogle Earth, Ogle Earth, July 13, 2010.