Thursday, March 5, 2009
Over at our good buddies the Law Librarian Blog, one of the contributing editors proudly noted that she has just completed a project mapping every ABA accredited law school law library in the nation using GoogleMaps.
Great accomplishment. Timing? Not so much. According to this report from the Associated Press, a California legislator is fearful that companies like Microsoft and Google which use photography to map the U.S., may be helping terrorists launch attacks against this country. Thus, a bill has been introduced to force Google and others to obscure photos of "prime" targets like schools and government buildings.
The logic behind this proposed law reminds me of the government's decision to ban carry on toiletries on airplanes while doing nothing about laptops which could, in theory, be used to interfere with the plane's avionics or guide a surface to air missile to its target. But when was the last time you heard about a commercial airliner being brought down by a can of deodorant?
As the bumper sticker says - Maps don't kill people, people kill people!
I am the scholarship dude.