Border Dispute: Google Maps Didn’t Screw Up; Dept. of State Did
There’s a disappointing lack of research by media outlets into the recent dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, attributed to a misunderstanding about the location of the border between these two nations — and blamed erroneously on Google Maps.
Politico’s Laura Rozen, whose work is generally solid, makes the same mistake today by relying on a report by ABC News and failing to validate ABC’s work. Apparently it’s very easy to buy into the “Google is Evil” mantra and replicate a bad meme far too many other media folk have already replicated rather than vet the information first.
Where did Google Maps get the data on location of the Nicaraguan/Costa Rican border?
Why hasn’t anyone bothered to find out why Department of State is giving out bad border data?
For that matter, is it possible that the Morocco/Spain dispute also stems from bad data provided by a governmental agency? How is a U.S. corporation supposed to vet what its government tells it is the legitimate location of a nation/state border?