Sudan Sanctions Prevent Delivery of Google Earth

There were reports a week ago after the Crisis in Darfur layer was released that some people were not able to download Google Earth in Sudan. Stefan Geens of OgleEarth asked Google about it and was told by Google that they had to disallow downloading of Google Earth in Sudan because of US Export laws due to sanctions against Sudan. It is rather ironic, as Stefan points out, since those who are responsible for the atrocities in Darfur are the only ones who benefit from not being able to see the new layers which expose the atrocities to those viewing them in Google Earth! Maybe Google could ask the government to make an exception in the case of Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It doesn’t make much sense not to request an exception from the government in this case, I would imagine. I mean, if the objective is to send a clear and concise message, that is.
    Then again, that’s something this administration seems to struggle with time and again. Just sayin’.

  2. I think request of an exception is vital, google earth provide information which is not under Sudan sanctions, again knowledge is something human,also it can provide help to victims and logically google earth should not contribute in mass punishment

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