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Iran's government doesn't believe in information society: Expert

Tehran, April 16, Taliya News - An IT expert said in Tehran Friday expansion of information society (IS) would lead to broadening interactions among people, and result in social solidarity, but the Government does not seem to believe in need to strengthen the IS, unfortunately.

Mohammad Servati added in an interview with ISNA, "Meanwhile, a strong IS could also be at the service of this Iranian year's national motto, proposed by the Supreme Leader, 'National Solidarity, Islamic Unity', particularly in terms of strengthening friendship bonds with other Islamic countries."

Servati added that unfortunately at President Ahmadinejad's cabinet the IS related issues are not pursued and their implementation is mainly ignored.

He further reiterated, "Our statesmen that are eager for establishment of stronger ties with the world and to end the unipolar status quo, need to pay much greater attention to the IT and IS issues, since they need to realize in order to speak to world nations more effectively and particularly strengthen ties with other Muslim nations we need such tools, that are unfortunately fully ignored by new government officials."

Servati emphasized that shaping special groups aimed at making the information society functional in practice is necessary for governments today, arguing, "We can rely on establishment of regional, Islamic, linguistic, and political IS regimes assist the establishment of an information society in Iran."

He said, "For instance we can establish a regional regime with such countries as Turkey, Azerbaijan and Pakistan, an Islamic regime with Indonesia, Iraq and Malaysia, a linguistic regime with Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and a political regime with for instance Cuba, Venezuela, and African countries, that are incidentally at focus of attention of our new government, through which we can assist the formation of our information society."

The IT expert also referred to the lack of an intelligent management system commissioned to establish and pursue the country's needed IT society as another major deficiency in this field, adding, "Cheap and easy to access ADSL, too, is another major problem in this field, that is a part and parcel in a bid to achieve a practical IT society, relying on which we can have better interactions with the world."

He added, "The new government apparently does not believe in necessity of such matters, and it seems as if they are either not properly informed about the real nature of the IT society, or do not have enough time and interests to get informed about it; but the least they can do is to leave the job up to the former team so that the standstill in formation of our country's information society would not continue much longer than these slow past 18 months."

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