Monday, August 13, 2007

Google Censoring Sydney Images (Again)

The fine line between censorship and security lies between the forecourt and the botanical gardens in Sydney, Australia. This image was taken this morning with Google Earth and shows the border between the forecourt of the Opera House and the walkway to the Botanical gardens. There have been suggestions that Google has cesored sattelite images of Sydney around the Opera House due to the upcomming APEC summit to be held there (21 world leaders including George W. Bush). Google replied to the allagations with:

"This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with APEC," said Google Australia spokesman Rob Shilkin.

"We're re-sourcing our imagery for parts of Sydney as a result of a commercial issue with one of our suppliers, so some of the highest-res images have been temporarily replaced."

Looking at the above image it seems like a thick fog has descended over the Opera House, not so much a resolution downgrade.

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