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Using Google technology to view Darfur crises

This is a grim use of Google technology, however for good reason. People can see second hand aerial views of the destruction that has taken place and hopefully use this information to mobilize people and resources. There was some previous ability to do this, but there was an official announcement yesterday that: “The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has joined with Google in an unprecedented online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan.”

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Beyond the tremendous ability to view the destruction, it is significant that Google is involved because they are currently commanding constant global attention in the business world and one can only hope that Google’s attempts at having a social impact will influence the philosophy and perspective of others in the business community. I previously blogged about Google’s foray into BOP markets that you can check out. In the second picture I have borrowed part of a screen shot from Class V. To see the full screen shot check out their posting.

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Google Earth maps atrocities in Darfur
Search engine Google and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum launched an online mapping project on Tuesday to provide what the museum said was evidence of atrocities committed in Sudan’s western Darfur region. More than 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur since 2003 and some of this carnage has been detailed by Google Earth, the search engine’s mapping service (http://earth.google.com).

Using high-resolution imagery, users can zoom into Darfur to view more than 1,600 damaged or destroyed villages, providing what the Holocaust Museum says is evidence of the genocide.

“When it comes to responding to genocide, the world’s record is terrible. We hope this important initiative with Google will make it that much harder for the world to ignore those who need us the most,” said Holocaust Museum director Sara Bloomfield in a statement.

“Crisis in Darfur” is the first of the museum’s “Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative” that is aimed at providing information on potential genocides early on in the hope that governments and others can act quickly to prevent them.

“At Google, we believe technology can be a catalyst for education and action,” Elliot Schrage, Google’s vice president, said in a statement.
Blogs on Darfur: Sudan, Daily Darfur
Blog on GoogleEarth: Ogle

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Written by Aman

April 11, 2007 at 5:02 am

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  1. […] Aman at Technology, Health & DevelopmentĀ hopes the new Google-U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum mapping project providing visual evidence of the crisis in Darfur will help mobilize people and resources to address it. […]


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