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Google Maps Now Available for North Korea

Jan 29 2013, 1:35pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

Google Maps Now Available for North Korea
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Infamous prison camps included on the map

Google has announced this week that it has revised its Google Maps application adding information for North Korea. Previously, North Korea was blank offering no information. The new update brings some mapping information including the outlines of some of the country's prison camps.

The information was added to Google Maps by people interested in the country using the development platform called Map Maker. The details were crowd sourced and added only three weeks after Google CEO Eric Schmidt visited North Korea. A Google spokesman says there's no connection between the addition of North Korea to Google maps and Schmidt's visit.

Google also noted that the data has been in Map Maker for "a while now." The spokesperson said, "This data has been in Map Maker for a while now, but it commonly takes the Map Maker community a few years to generate enough high quality data to make something that works in Google Maps."

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