Sunday, October 16, 2005

Kalam's concern over Google

President Abdul Kalam expressed concern over a free mapping programme from Google Inc. that he said could help terrorists by providing aerial photos of potential targets. ``You will realise that some of the developing countries, which are already in danger of terrorist attacks, have been singularly chosen to provide such high resolutions,'' Dr. Kalam said. [Link]

Well, that's also Part II of 55 @ Locana. Part I of 55 @ Locana expressed my concern over Google maps!


At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Benny said...

Bullshit! Then, let us ban MSN (remember that they too give Mapping), Google and even Net. Let India travel in Bullock cart to our future!!!

At 4:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

terrorists?? u think they're gona use it?? they are well aware of the geography of iraq kashmir afghanistan delhi london bombay newyork manila sydney.. as a matter of fact any city.. and they wont waste time findin that on google.. so let the govt stop ponderin over google and start tacklin the real issue-"why do they strike"

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Vikrum said...


The best non-governmental/non-military maps are not found on the Internet. For example, the best map of Bombay is the Eichr City Map, which has extremely detailed maps of every part of Bombay and Navi Mumbai. This would be far more useful to anyone than Google Earth. In fact, if you use Google Earth, you'll notice that the mapping for Bombay and the rest of India is quite bad - especially compared to the mapping of New York, San Francisco, etc.

In regards to mapping rural areas, you can't get much from Google Earth. Try using Google Earth to get an idea of the India-China border. Or even try it for Kerala. You can't even get a good image of Cochin.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Anand said...

Vikrum -- You don't need to convince me on that! I was just having fun with another Google related 55.

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Pablo Ares said...


I guess in spite of the "warning" at the end you managed to confuse us. Very good :-)


At 1:27 AM, Blogger Anand said...


At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the issue with Google earth is not about mapping the roads. its more about giving a visual of inside of sensitive locations, like parliament, docks, navy ships. Noboddy would find all these details in a library thats for sure.

so i really think that you should weigh in the credibility of the person who in this case is Mr Kalam, who is the most successful scientist of India and has proved his credentials.

and with all due respect to all of you, atleast for people who are from India, Mr. Kalam is not worried about his whereabouts , he is more worried about where yu live and visit.

as far as clearity on google earth, well there is a subscription version which gives much more details then what is visible to us.




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