OSM isn’t only a map of “nice” countries

Posted by Wynndale on 10 October 2021 in English (English).

One of OpenStreetMap’s greatest strengths is our worldwide platform backed by a worldwide community. As such we need to give our full support to our mappers around the world, including the ones in countries whose cultural and legal norms you may dislike and wish to work against. Supporting these mappers isn’t an endorsement of those norms; rather it is a commitment to worldwide mapping.

Any suggestion of ostracising countries would be a stand against inclusion of mappers, depriving them of the opportunity to talk about their specific issues both with each other and with the rest of the world.

Comment from salvoconducto on 11 October 2021 at 07:26

People which take part in an international mapping project can safely be assumed as progressive. It’s such a great idea to ban those people from organizing events just because their governments (!) don’t align with Western virtue signaling.

Comment from aighes on 11 October 2021 at 22:00

I’m not sure, all mapper can be considered as progressive, but I totally agree on the point that our global community only can work together in a neutral atmosphere. It definitely has to be taken into consideration that any kind of political/religious/… statements might effect the work in some countries.

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