A US scientist described India’s technology policies as ”stupid”, which have ”crippled and hurt” Indian developmental process. Jack Dangermond, founder-President of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), a world leader in GIS technology, said on Wednesday that India is confusing politics on one hand with security restrictions on the other. Elaborating, he said the geographic data freely available on the internet, could not be published in India but is freely available outside. ”Indian agencies are hurt and crippled, unable to use the GIS data which could otherwise be helpful in developmental plans. People elsewhere can actually but that data…This is India’s Spatial Data Irony that you get it backwards while the entire world gets it forwards. It is stupid,” he told UNI.
Dangermond was talking to UNI after signing two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the ESRI and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for providing GIS software by the ESRI to DST for their National Spatial Data infrastructure division and the ambitious programme ‘Mapping of the Neighbourhood’ launched by DST under the ‘Great Arc.’ Earlier, Dangermond while addressing a press conference, said he was not satisfied with the kind of technology policies that India had. ”You are not taking advantage of technology because you keep maintaining laws on security of general data. That is wrong.”
”Do you think that 9/11 happened because terrorists got the data from the internet. No. There is enough information available elsewhere,” he added.
New Delhi, April 23