[Gfoss] China cracks down on illegal online map services to protect state security

Cristiano Giovando giovand a gmail.com
Gio 27 Mar 2008 10:20:54 CET


Bhe, cose simili succedono anche in Italia, per cui mi han quasi
sequestrato il GPS per averlo usato all'interno del centro di ricerca
di Ispra (VA), circa 30km di strade. Sono anche stato invitato a
rimuovere quello che avevo giÓ mappato.

Qui nasce il problema del confine tra libertÓ di mappa e sicurezza.
Chi avesse opininioni al riguardo e giustificazioni per non cancellare
le strade si faccia avanti.


C



On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM, Edoardo Marascalchi
<edoardo at edoardomarascalchi.it> wrote:
> http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/25/content_7858467.htm
>
>  China cracks down on illegal online map services to protect state security
>  BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government is to crack down on
>  illegal online map and geographical information websites, claiming they
>  threaten state security, said an official of the State Bureau of
>  Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) on Tuesday.
>
>     Eight departments, including the SBSM, the Ministry of Foreign
>  Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Security, said they would tighten
>  supervision over online map and geographical information service websites.
>
>     Min Yiren, deputy director of the SBSM, said almost 10,000 online
>  map websites operated in China, most of them showing maps without approval.
>
>     "Some websites publish sensitive or confidential geographical
>  information, which might leak state secrets and threaten national
>  security," Min said.
>
>     He said those websites would be closed down.
>
>     Foreign organizations and individuals engaging in making and
>  publishing online maps in China would also be stopped.
>
>     The campaign would also target websites that made mistakes such as
>  labeling Taiwan a "country", wrongly drawing national boundaries, or
>  omitting important islands including the South China Islands, Diaoyu
>  Islands and Chiwei Island, said Min.
>
>     These websites would be punished and required to make corrections,
>  he said.
>
>     A hotline has been set up for the public to report illegal websites.
>
>     The SBSM put 418 Chinese and world maps on its website for the
>  public to check and download.
>
>     Last year, China issued a regulation restricting surveying and
>  mapping by foreigners to protect national security.
>
>     It stipulated foreign organizations and individuals who intend to
>  engage in surveying and mapping must obtain approval from the central
>  government and accept supervision from local governments.
>
>  Editor: Yan Liang
>
>
>  --
>  Edoardo Marascalchi
>  ICT Consultant
>
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