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Google Earth and New Orleans

Monday, April 02, 2007 by Dave Winer.

A picture named jewWrestler.jpgI recently started using Google Earth, and one of the first places I looked at was New Orleans, and I couldn't make sense out of what I was seeing -- it looked like the city had completely recovered from Katrina. I knew that it hadn't.  Permalink to this paragraph

Today I spotted a post on the Google weblog that explained they had replaced New Orleans imagery with pictures taken before Katrina, but I still can't figure out why they did this.  Permalink to this paragraph

Is it fair to assume that this is the only part of Google Earth that has been doctored? Permalink to this paragraph

What about other parts of Google, and what is their disclaimer policy when the data they are presenting is not the accurate data?  Permalink to this paragraph

Seems like a basic integrity issue.  Permalink to this paragraph

"We recognize the increasingly important role that imagery is coming to play in the public discourse," is not enough of an explanation. Permalink to this paragraph

PS: I've received emails from people who say they've fixed the database, but at 1:50PM Pacific, I just spent 20 minutes zooming around New Orleans in Google Earth, and it's definitely the pre-Katrina city. Permalink to this paragraph

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