Posted April 10, 2007 8:48 pm by with 3 comments

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Hoping to earn back some of the positive public sentiment lost with the mistaken changes to Katrina satellite images, Google Earth is shining a bright light on the atrocities going on in the Darfur region of Sudan.

In a project with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, inaugurated Tuesday, the Internet search company has updated its Google Earth service with high resolution satellite images of the region to document destroyed villages, displaced people and refugee camps.

Anyone who’s downloaded the Google Earth software will find icons over the Darfur region representing destroyed villages with flames and refugee camps with tents.

When users zoom in to a level of magnification that keeps most of Darfur on a computer screen, the icons seem to indicate that much of the region is on fire. Clicking on flame icons will open windows with the village’s name and statistics on the extent of destruction.

It’s a bold, and commendable, move by Google to highlight an issue that many are unaware of and Sudanese officials deny.

Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum site for more information.

  • It’s always good when companies get involved in highlighting issues affecting humanity, that is of course as long as they do it from an unbiased and sincere standpoint. It would have been helpful if Google could take the same approach with Afghanistan, Iraq, the recent Isreali attack on Lebanon, maybe even a history of land grabs in Palestine to show what’s really going on in the world not just in place where it benefits American foreign policy. Hey while we’re at it why not mark google earth with all the places where America has “intervened” for the sake of “peace” and “democracy”.

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  • Dean

    I agree with Nomad-one. We should only let the Government have access to tools that can intrude on our lives .

    As a side not, does anyone know how often the images are refreshed and when Google become responsible for keeping the public abreast of current events through satellite images? When I heard the “furor” over the New Orleans images not being current, I had to chuckle, the image of my house hasn’t changed since Google Earth became available – I am outraged that my parents can’t see all the great landscaping I have done. GET WITH IT GOOGLE!