[Talk-in] Yet another GPS-mapper-terrorist

Shalabh shalabh.w at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 17:31:08 GMT 2010

On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi All,
> A bit late, but better late than never.
> http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?673095 is yet another story of
> "gps-mapper-terrorist".(Pardon the technology handicapped journos who had
> put GPRS instead of GPS) Pradeep BV suggested that we must actually have a
> printout of "who-we-are-what-is-OSM-we-are-mappers-not-terrorists" page
> whenever we go out for mapping.I think this is very much required given the
> terror phobia people and security agencies have. Thoughts welcome.
> The other thing that worries me is the term "prohibited area". The one
> mentioned in the article is Anushakti Nagar in Bombay which is the
> residential colony of employees in BARC which is no where close to
> prohibited area( The actual N-reactor / research centre). Is there a way we
> can know a place is prohibited or not? The article also says "prohibited
> areas are blanked out in maps" which to my knowledge never happens with
> Google etc(I can be damn sure about this). So my question is how does one
> know what is prohibited area / not.
> This came as a significant shock to me when my Dad asked about it as i used
> to map around "Kalpakkam township".(Similar place in Tamil Nadu where my
> parents live). I havent tried out roaming recently and might not do so
> though i feel its should be perfectly OK to map the Township.
> Srikanth,

Cant agree more with this, I have myself been almost handed over once for
this. The report seems to mention 'without a proper sanction'. Even for
residential areas which have boards of 'No Trespassing', what constitues


> --
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> Srikanth.L
> http://j.mp/SrikanthL
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