Google has a new service, but it won’t help you find pictures of Justin Bieber or stay in touch with friends. It’s a map that shows how many times governments around the world have contacted the company with requests—either to remove content or retrieve data about Google users. Who knew Brazil was so nosy? (continued)
A new map produced by the BBC succinctly demonstrates the weakness of the Pakistan state in combating Taliban militants in the country’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The map shows only 38% of Pakistan’s NWFP to be under government control, while the balance of the region experiences either Taliban presence or control.
This nifty animation shows the myriad empires that have controlled the cradle of civilization over the centuries—and reminds us there’s nothing necessarily permanent about Iraq’s present cobbled-together status.
Hordes of artists, free-thinkers, nudists and stoners are about to descend on the Nevada desert to worship a neon statue. Burning Man is back, and the event map?a work of art in and of itself?is now available for viewing.