Nanaimo, a smallish city close to Vancouver, Canada, has been feeding Google Earth information from its municipal agencies for five years. The result is that citizens can look up details on real estate, individual businesses, zoning permits, public transit, and fire engine dispatches in real time, using one program. Is this the beginning of a trend toward making public information accessible in a way that doesn't undermine privacy? Or does it give Google too much power?
Read the full story on Time: "How Google Earth Ate Our Town"