Who in Iran is looking at On-line Geo-location Products for Surveillance?
The next spy network is the technology industry.
OE Watch Commentary: The difference between the regular Iranian military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is that the former is charged with defense of territory, while the latter is charged with defense of the revolution, meaning enemies can be both external and internal. While the accompanying article does not detail much about how on-line geo-location products might be used by Iran, it is, nevertheless, noteworthy that The “Passive Defense Organization,” the IRGC branch which oversees cyber defense and counter-protest operations, has expressed such public interest.
Not surprisingly, its leaders have been obsessed with controlling or blunting the utility of social media. In the article excerpted below, General Gholamreza Jalali, the chief of the Passive Defense Organization, muses about growing Iranian concern about geo-location products, the vulnerabilities they might cause Iran as well as the opportunities next generation technologies might present should the Iranian government be able to harness them to its advantage.
While many observers assume that globalization and new communication and networking technology automatically promote individual freedom and liberty, it seems such an outcome is far from assured inside Iran. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Samaneh-e Jadid Google baraye Taghib Afrad Muhim Ast” (The New Google System for Following Individuals is Important), Tasnim, 29 January 2015. http://www.tasnimnews.com/Home/Single/636795
The New Google System for Following Individuals is Important
The head of the Passive Defense Organization of the country said “Recently Google has created a new website that provides video satellite footage.” According to a report by the defense bureau of Tasnim, the provincial “Physical Defense and Engineering Managers of Passive Defense for the Provinces” conference was held in the presence of General [Gholamreza] Jalali, chief of the Passive Defense Organization of the country…
The chief of the Passive Defense Organization continued, the first threat that exists in this area, is that the height of infrastructure and remote-sensing systems that photograph and produce images. For example, in the library of the White House, there are photographs that show Natanz and even the entire area of the country is photographed, and they are constantly watching it, and the period to be reviewed can be selected, and they are aware of all the technical information. And, lastly, Google has created a new website that allows a satellite feed to be accessed online, and this also affects the security field that they are able to able to follow a car or track an important person.
He added another point that the next spy network is the technology industry, and they have contracts and security protocols in various consultancies are able to make use of the information gathered in different fields… The enemy has taken this infrastructure and use this information to pursue their aims.