“Put Tibet on Google Maps”: guerilla campaign in Zurich
Google ignores demand.
Zurich/Dharamsala, 14 February 2013 – Tibetan towns and villages should appear in Tibetan on Google Maps. The Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) submitted this demand to Google 72 hours ago on the centenary of Tibet’s declaration of independence. Over 200,000 people worldwide have already supported this demand on the platform www.tibetonthemap.com and in social networks. Google has not reacted to the demand so far. The TYAE again drew attention to the issue in a guerilla campaign at Google’s Swiss HQ in Zurich.
Just 24 hours after the platform launch, over 200,000 people worldwide had already demonstrated their support on the platform and in social networks, and numerous media reported the demand. The campaign has so far fallen on deaf ears at online giant Google. The TYAE has not received a response from either Google Switzerland or Google International. By labelling Tibetan towns and villages in Tibetan, Google could take responsibility in line with its motto “Don’t be evil” and secure the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage in the digital sphere.
Guerilla campaign at Google HQ
Members of the TYAE projected “Put Tibet back on the map” on the facade of Google’s HQ in Zurich on Wednesday evening. With this peaceful protest, the TYAE wants to draw Google’s attention to this urgent demand.