Never being ones to shy away from poking a bit of fun at excessive censorship, we'd like to posit that China will ban the kitchen sink sooner or later. Thus far The People's Republic of China has banned pornography, YouTube (several times only to be unblocked later), freedom of speech on forums and e-mail, and now mapping web sites.
“Eight government agencies, including the foreign ministry, are to tighten supervision of geographical information available online, the official China Daily reported.
There are nearly 10,000 online map websites in China and authorities will close down most of them as they show maps without approval, said Min Yiren, deputy director with the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping.”
One of the greatest things about the web is hearing that some clever company or person thought of putting something we already had and used online, and thus made it easier to access. Then comes the innovation and the results can be amazing and change the way we do things. When it comes to maps, we don't know how we ever got along without MapQuest, Google Maps, or navigation systems in our car helping us find the nearest Applebee's.