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Anderson Bill to Censor Google Earth

See Also: AB 255 Internet security: virtual globe technology bill

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By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2009 (San Diego)—Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) has introduced AB 255, a bill that seeks to prevent terrorist acts by blurring online images of schools, government buildings, churches and medical facilities through Google Earth and other online aerial mapping technologies. The measure has drawn the attention of CNN News and sparked a debate among high-tech advocates in Silicon Valley.

"After the Mumbai attacks, the Indian government found that the lone surviving terrorist used Google’s online maps and the level of detail it offered made them effective," Anderson stated in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. "If you go throughout the world, many countries are trying to shut down Google mapping," the Assemblyman said, adding that India is striving to prevent Google and other online mapping services from showing sensitive facilities in detail. "I’m not against technology," said Anderson, who noted that Google earth reveals details such as the number of bricks and location of air shafts.


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