International recognition? Please. Why Crimea isn’t Russian until Google Maps says it is.

Every so often, the world considers what mapping really is and why it matters. Determining what cartographic elements to include and how spatial entities are represented on a map have long been subjects of occasionally-esoteric study, but sometimes it takes a major geo-political action to remind the non-geographers among us what power and influence these…

Bitcoin demographics: on politics and privilege

This just in: Libertarians and “unbanked” peoples love Bitcoin like whoa. An interesting look at who’s using the open source P2P money: “…there’s a fair amount of privilege built directly into the currency: In order to buy the sometimes wildly expensive currency, Bitcoin users need to be wealthy. And they can afford to put their…

Need to illustrate the “Lean In” fairy tale? Getty has you covered.

Getty Images recently released the “Lean In Collection” and it’s revealing in more ways than one. A fascinating critique, via The Toast : “The photographs have been carefully curated to give lie to the brand’s consumer-driven philosophies. They exist ready to be downloaded to illustrate stories about female entrepreneurs who are “bold,” “visionary,” corporate success stories.…