US: Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has raised concern over the Iranian government’s announcement to create a rival version of Google Earth tool. Schmidt said ‘Islamic Google Earth’ could ultimately become an example of a grave threat facing the digital sphere—the intervention of governments online.
“We’re in great danger of governments deciding to filter, delete, or otherwise alter the shared resources of the internet,” Schmidt added.
Speaking at an event to promote his book “The New Digital Age,” Schmidt said that Iran may not list Israel as a country in its version of Google Earth.
Schmidt also talked about how the oppressive censorship by the Chinese government forced Google to leave the country. Emphasising the importance of openness between the government and its citizens, Schmidt urged governments to put more information online to keep their citizens informed.
Source: The Harvard Crimson