A highly tense stand-off between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is apparently down to a very notable discrepancy in Google Maps.
I’ve talked about some issues with Google Maps in Limerick before, but this is on a whole different level. I suspect that Nicaragua might be pulling a little bit of a stunt here, the idea of a modern military not having its own maps on the borders between its territory and its rival sounding a little odd.
But, if true, it’s a measure of how much of an effect the internet can have in geo-political circles. And as others reports, it’s not the first time that Google Maps made such a mistake.
I’m guessing, if Google Maps existed in 1939, they probably would have listed Alsace-Lorraine as German, then apologised six years later for the “error”.
My point being, even if I’m making it in a hyperbolic way, it’s all fun and games until tanks are coming over the border. A border they don’t know exists.