Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Islamic Google Earth: Iran plans to launch Islamic Google Earth in few months

Islamic Google Earth: Iran plans to launch Islamic Google Earth in few months, The Iranian authorities have used Google Earth as a tool for western spy agencies for a long time, but now they've upped their attacks. The Guardian reported on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, that Iran has full plans to be a primary competitor of the 3D mapping service and in a few months, launch Islamic Google Earth.

Mohammad Hassan Nami, Iran's minister for information and communications technology, announced that his country was developing what his description called an "Islamic Google Earth." it will be called Basir ("spectator" in Farsi) and will be ready to use "within the next four months."

"Preparations have been made for launching our world's 3D map project and we are currently creating an appropriate data centre which could be capable of processing this volume of information," the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Nami as saying on Tuesday.

Nami is a former deputy chairman of Iran's joint chiefs of staff and the armed forces. He was appointed as the new technology minister in Feb. 2013, by President Mahmoud Ahmaddinejad. Nami studied political geography in Iran and is also a PhD graduate in "country management."

"We are doing our best to launch the Islamic Google Earth in the next four months as an Islamic republic's national portal, providing service on a global scale," he added.

"On the surface, Google Earth is providing a service to users, but in reality security and intelligence organisations are behind it in order to obtain information from other countries," Nami said.

Iran has looked at western web services with a great deal of suspicion for quite some time, so it isn't a total surprise that they would try to create Islamic Google Earth.

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