Dharamshala, – "Tibetan towns should also be recorded in Tibetan on Google Maps," said the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE), strongly urging Google, the most popular search engine in the world to put the Tibetan towns back on the map.
"All the most popular NGO's supporting Tibet have made this demand on February," the youth group said in a press statement issued on 8th November 2013.
The TYAE statement added: "Although nearly 5,5 million people encourage this issue on http://www.tibetonthemap.com and other social medias, they are still waiting for Google's move. With additional 500 villages captured, TYAE tries to wake up the sleeping online giant."
The TYAE insists on their demand "Put Tibet back on the map" with additional 500 Tibetan villages captured. There are already more than 1000 Tibetan villages recorded on the webpage.
"All the pins have been set by the TYAE. Their goal is that Google should name the official maps not only by English and Chinese, but also in Tibetan," it further stated.
The group urged the Google, as saying "Currently, there is not one existing usable Tibetan map on the Internet." Google can change this. There are already maps in Chinese or even in Cyrillic. Why not in Tibetan?
Google executive chairmanEric Schmidt last weei called on China to open up Internet access and voiced concern at its latest crackdown on online freedoms in an interview. "I have a strong opinion and my opinion is there should be freedom of speech to pursue one's goals for ideas," he told the South China Morning Post.
He said China would need to open up in order to grow and criticised the Beijing's latest move against "online rumours", which could mean prison for authors of defamatory messages re-posted 500 times.
"Google believes very strongly in a free Internet.