“America and its allies have refused to accept the region’s separatist move to join Russia. A look at the maps available on two Google Maps Web addresses — one ending in .com and another in .ru — shows the disparity. In Russia, Web visitors see a solid line dividing Crimea from neighboring Ukraine. In the U.S., a dotted line separates the two, implying a disputed status within the country.”
This isn’t the only international border dispute that is displayed differently in Google Maps. Google uses over 30 distinct versions of international borders. This brings up more questions than it answers–How is the Kashmir displayed in India? Pakistan? The West Bank in Israel or Egypt? If you haven’t explored Google Maps in other languages, consider this your invitation to read maps as you would a text and to think about the political implications of making a map.
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