Thursday, September 01, 2005

Responses When You Complain About Google Earth

Yesterday's reporting from the Republic of Korea indicates a new phase in international relations for geography has began. With the ROK officially concerned about Google Earth and their president planning on bringing it up with US officials, most likely with the ambassador.

I have only this obvious prediction about what is going to happen in that meeting between the ROK and the US:

[In my best Adam Sandler voice.] "They're all going to laugh at you!"

Seriously. It's not the US's fault that they have given your enemy satellite imagery of your president's house. That's Google and the commercial imagery providers. Heck, everyone knows where your president's house is. It's probably in the phonebook or on a tourist map too? Plus, I wouldn't underestimate that a sworn enemy who probably has already cased the joint has put the location (and photos) in their own version of Google Earth called a GIS.

Anyway, get some tin foil, hunker down. Google Earth will soon bring the destruction of governments as we know them.

FYI, that was sarcasm.


Google Earth Mapping Service Draws Complaint from Seoul Wednesday, August 31, 2005

ASSOCIATED PRESS -- South Korea will raise its concerns with the U.S. government about a service offered by Google, the Internet company, that displays satellite photos of sites across the globe, the president's office said on Wednesday. South Korean newspaper reports in recent days have pointed out that the Google Earth service provides images of the presidential Blue House in Seoul and military bases around the country, which remains technically at war with North Korea. North Korean sites like the nuclear research facility at Yongbyon are also displayed on the service, which was introduced in June. Without providing further details, the office of Kim Man Soo, the presidential spokesman, confirmed that Seoul would discuss its concerns with U.S. authorities.

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