Google has unveiled its first detailed map of Afghanistan, drawing on the work of amateur cartographers to highlight a nation that has become one of the world’s major geopolitical flashpoints.
On the new map, Kabul is shown in great specificity, with roads demarcated down to neighborhood blocks and points of interest like parks, schools, hospitals, cafés and embassies. The new map is the result of Wikipedia-style crowd-sourcing: Inputs came from a variety of ordinary Web users who used a tool called Google Map Maker to submit changes to the previous map. Every now and then, Google accepts a large batch of those changes in Google Maps. The Afghanistan update is part of a larger upload of 11 countries and territories.