British Students Fined for Collecting GPS Data in Xinjiang

In October, a group of British graduate students was fined by the Chinese authorities for illegal map-making activity, the Daily Telegraph reports. (See also AFP coverage: Google, Yahoo; AFP reports three students, the Telegraph only two.) The students were researching earthquake activity in the tense Xinjiang region; they had received permission from China’s central earthquake administration, but not from local authorities. Via GeoCarta.