How digital maps mislead us

Money and politics shape the maps that guide us, leading to a divergence between what they show and the world as it is.

The non-existent town of Argleton sprang up on Google's map of Britain before the company eventually expunged it. PHOTO: TWITTER
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NYTIMES - Too many of our digital maps are sell-outs. Just like the projection maps we're all familiar with that inaccurately depict Greenland dwarfing South America, the digital maps that orient our lives on smartphones and laptops are the result of a series of compromises or half-truths and don't always accurately represent the world as it is.

As a result, we too often misunderstand the true contours of the world and then make poor decisions based on misinformation.

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