|Noordwijk aan Zee|
When Google introduced its free satellite imagery service to the world in 2005 governments were concerned that the visibility of political, economic and military locations would compromise national security. Digital cloning, blurring, pixelization and whitening out were used to censor views of these sites.
Surprisingly, one of the most vociferous of all governments to enforce this form of censorship were the Dutch, hiding hundreds of significant sites including royal palaces, fuel depots and army barracks throughout their relatively small country. The Dutch method of censorship is notable for its stylistic inventiveness compared to other countries: imposing bold, multi-coloured polygons over sites rather than the subtler and more standard techniques employed elsewhere. The result is a landscape occasionally punctuated by sharp aesthetic contrasts between secret sites and the rural and urban environments surrounding them.
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Via Uncertain Times