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This article was published on June 24, 2014


See how Google Maps displays disputed territories around the world

See how Google Maps displays disputed territories around the world
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Google Maps almost caused a war between Nicaragua and Costa Rica back in 2010, so it’s clear that border disputes are a sensitive issue. Earlier this year, the Washington Post revealed Google’s unique way to appease all sides — it shows alternative versions of disputed borders to different sides — and now there’s a website that visualizes the differences.

Disputed Territories — a product of a recent Knight-Mozilla-MIT hackday, which was first noted by Quartz — shows the various iterations of sensitive borders, such as Crimea, by comparing them side-by-side.

If you’re a maps or politics geek, or simply just the curious type, it’s well worth a look.

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Disputed Territories

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