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Google Maps Shows Crimea As Russian To Russians
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/16/2014 | 7:12:09 PM
Re: Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
Voting without independent monitoring leads to situations like Vladimir Putin getting 107% of the vote in Chechnya in 2012. 
Somedude8
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4/16/2014 | 2:53:12 PM
No win
Sounds to me like Google is trying to do what they think people want them to do. If they had not changed the maps, they would be getting blasted for that too.
danielcawrey
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4/16/2014 | 2:21:39 PM
Re: Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
Albeit on a smaller scale, this incident reminds me of all the problems that Google had with China years ago. At one point, they just decided that enough was enough. Will they do that with Russia? I doubt it.

I don't think that the squabbling has reached that sort of point yet.

But it just shows how Google has to bend its regulations around local laws. They are having issues in Europe right now because the Street View cars are deemed as a privacy intruison.

And there's plenty of other instances where people think Google is going to far. Are they really? That all depends on your viewpoint of how the company's goals match your individual values. 
cumulonimbus
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4/16/2014 | 12:18:09 PM
Russian Federal Mass Media Inspection?
"Last month, the UN condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea and adopted a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the region."

We should not forget that Putin took out a full page op-ed in the NYT, I quote "We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal." How does that stand up?

There is no level playing field. For a majority of the people of the world there is a real fear of being shot, imprisoned or tortured until they "come around", or perish. Personally, I think we should carry a bigger stick.

Shame on Google!

 

 
RobPreston
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4/16/2014 | 10:46:42 AM
Re: Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
Yes, 96.77% of Crimeans voted to leave Ukraine. And they used to get similar majorities in national "votes" in Libya and Iraq under the Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein regimes.  
SaneIT
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4/16/2014 | 9:04:48 AM
Re: Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
Yes there was a vote but if you've been paying any attention this past week you would know that this issue is far from resolved.  Putin is now saying that civil war is going to happen and the fighting is getting more aggressive.  I can't say what Google's place in this should be because as you stated the citizens of Crimea voted to be part of Russia but there seems to be a large group of Ukrainians who disagree.  In cases like this any action by Google could be fuel for the fire so I think they were in a situation of damned if they do, damned if they don't.
Edelwulf
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4/15/2014 | 10:49:49 PM
Re: Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
There was a consensus. It's called a vote. Move on.
Charlie Babcock
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4/15/2014 | 8:46:47 PM
Ethics of tech use can't be left to technology companies
Google's "mission appears limited to making locally appealing versions of that information locally accessible." Well said. Somehow, technology companies, given a choice between standing up for their core values  versus making headway in a new market, always seem to make the same choice. This is a reminder of how the ethics of technology use is too important to be left up to the technology companies.
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