UK Student Protestors Use of Google Maps

Last week UK students took to the street to protest against a rise in tuition fees.

Amongst the carnage and politics, their clever use of Google Maps went unnoticed.

Ben Goldacre noticed that students from University College London (UCL) were using Google Maps to tell each other what was going on and where. For example, where police helicopters were, where riot police were stationed and even where fires had broken out.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the protest (and I highly recommend reading this post from Sunny Hundal about the current protest movement), the use of technology must be applauded.

The key point to think about for me, is how we use this sort of idea more widely, and make it easier to use on mobile platforms.


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