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Spot on Georgia causes confusion2011-02-18 16:25
Following the armed conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008 Google (USA) removed maps of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan from its Google Maps application. Those who wanted to have a look at territorial borders of these states or calculate distances now can see only white spots instead of routes and landscapes. Until recently the company has referred this problem to the lack of detailed maps of the Caucasian republic. Meanwhile, the Ministry of economy and Cartography department of Georgia unanimously claim that the region will be shown well in two-three months' time. Google that claims to be a source of open and free information, is lost and confused stating that presently the browser does not have required topographical information for creating regional maps.
confused stating that presently the browser does not have required topographical information for creating regional maps.
But the world is full of rumors. Everyone knows that Google is a commercial enterprise registered in the United States of America. Accordingly, the company is subject to laws and regulations of the world's most democratic state. That is why, as some sources claim, the company has faced most serious censorship. Allegedly, the Joint Staff diplomatically asked to cover "territorial integrity" of Georgia and other republics in South Caucasus with mystery.
Google receives similar requests not only from Washington. The company puts nice black spots on India's strategic facilities, military bases and presidential palace in South Korea, as well as Chinese submarines.
If Google conceals many governmental and military sites of America and its allies what is there to be told about small countries hardly known to most people on earth? Indeed, how many people want to have a detailed plan of streets in Tbilisi, Batumi and long-suffering port of Poti?
Besides, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are not the only states affected by Google Maps in the aftermath of hostilities. During the war in the Middle East, resolution of a number of territories in the Lebanese-Israeli border was considerably minified after it was found up that Hezbollah extremists had made use of Google service to aim their missiles at near-border towns of Israel.
Nonetheless, conflicts differ. The story of Nagorny Karabakh and partially recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a vivid demonstration that even America has not decided on how to react to this turn of events. And in such a situation haste is harmful.