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Iran to launch ”Digital Earth” in four months

Iran: The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3D mapping service one step further – by planning the launch of an “Islamic” competitor. Iran”s minister for information and communications technology, Mohammad Hassan Nami has said that his country was developing an Digital Earth to be called Basir (spectator in Farsi) which will be ready for 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,” Nami said.

The minister, however, gave little information on what he meant by an Islamic 3D map. “We are developing this service with the Islamic views we have in Iran and we will put a kind of information on our website that would take people of the world towards reality … Our values in Iran are the values of God and this would be the difference between Basir and the Google Earth, which belongs to the ominous triangle of the US, England and the Zionists [a reference to Israel].”

Source: The Guardian