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North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!

 
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North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
Until Tuesday the Google Maps of North Korea were mostly blank — only the capital of Pyongyang was labeled. But with the help of "citizen cartographers," Google has released a detailed map revealing roads, train lines, parks, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and even several city-sized gulags.

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Re: North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
Report: Google Executive to Visit North Korea

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Re: North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
It must still be all darkness after 7pm.?
SPEAK UP. SILENCE IS DEADLY!

I am currently experiencing life at several WTFs per hour.

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Re: North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
Report: Google Executive to Visit North Korea

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THX, for the update!
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Re: North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
Report: Google Executive to Visit North Korea

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THX, for the update!
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Good, maybe the executive will be able to tell us if they are eating babies, and smoking cannabis.

...or was it smoking babies and eating cannabis? don't remember. Hey Natasha, so are you saying that I need to wait for the sun to rise in Korea for Google Earth to work there?!

Last Edited by ehecatl on 01/29/2013 09:48 AM
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Re: North Korea Is No Longer A Big White Space On Google Maps!!
Locate the Gulags: Google unveils more detailed North Korea maps

North Korea is now more than a blank square on Google Maps. The company has revised its maps application and added what it says is the most detailed plan of one of the most isolated countries in the world.

­Until Tuesday the only spot labeled in North Korean territory was its capital Pyongyang. Now the update shows not only roads, railway stations, hotels and restaurants, but also the country’s several city-sized “gulags”. When zoomed in the grey-colored camps can be easily identified.


In the country’s northeast, for instance, Google has labeled what it calls the “Hwasong Gulag.” It’s cut through by a street called Gulag 16 Road, after the Gulag 16 Checkpoint that is also labeled on the new map. The first user reviews are mostly ironic. One of the “tips” suggests avoiding the checkpoint if “cavity searches” is not “your cup of tea” and proceeding straight to the gulag.


According to a Google post, the map is a work of “a community of citizen cartographers” that voluntarily have been working on it through an interface known as Google Map Maker since 2009. In the case of North Korea, where access to the full-blown internet is restricted, almost all of a limited number of volunteers were working from outside of the country. They used information that was already public, bringing together details from analog and satellite maps. The data was fact-checked in a similar process to that used by Wikipedia.

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