Sony Xperia Z3 Review
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Karbonn Sparkle V (Android One)
Micromax Canvas A1 (Android One)
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone 5
HTC One (M8)
First Impressions: Blackberry Passport
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: First impressions of Samsung's premium mini phone
A date with the Oculus Rift
Windows 9: The bloodiest war for your PC is coming soon
Hot Shots: A Windows game that warps conventional touch based gaming
How tech is taking football to the next level
Classic FPS games are a dying breed
Slowly gathering steam...
The obsession within
Carmick Shift: Can John Carmack and Oculus Rift change the world?
Xolo launches the Q2100 with integrated fingerprint sensor
Samsung India launches Galaxy Grand Prime to compete with the Moto G
YotaPhone dual-screen smartphone spotted on Flipkart
Lumia 930, 830 and 730 WP 8.1-based phones launched in India
Broadband adoption rate improves in India: Akamai report
Moto G 2nd gen launched, available from midnight at Rs. 12,999
Xiaomi goes for the kill, prices Redmi 1S at Rs. 5,999 in India
Xiaomi lists Mi3 cases and power-banks on Flipkart, offers 10,400 mAh powerbank for Rs. 999
Moto G2 expected to be announced on 10 September
Motorola Moto X (Gen 2) smartphone, Moto 360 smartwatch announced for India
Intex Aqua Star Power
Intex Aqua Star HD
Intex Aqua Star
Idea Magna L
Case Study: Optimizing Cyberlink PowerDVD to improve battery life on Intel devices
How to use Parallel Programming with C#
Create a music App with touch, stylus & keyboard control for Windows 8 tablets
How to optimize multimedia & augmented reality Android apps for Intel platform
How to use Intel INDE Media Pack for Android to add video capturing capability for Unity Apps
How to Develop an Intelligent Autonomous Drone using an Android Smartphone
How to get started with OpenCL on Android OS
How to use Intel Cilk Plus to speed up your Android application
How to choose the right engine for your x86-based Android game
How to create sample codes for Video 3D on Android
Nokia Lumia 930 - First Impressions
Nokia Lumia 830 - First Impressions
Nokia Lumia 730 - First Impressions
Microsoft jumps to Windows 10 and rolls back to Windows 7 features
First look: Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
Hands On: Nokia Lumia 930
Hands On: Nokia Lumia 730
Hands On: Nokia Lumia 830
Home entertainment projectors to buy
Iran has launched a video-sharing website called Mehr in a bid to provide local users an alternative government-approved Internet services. Mehr mainly focusses on Persian-speaking users and promoting Iranian culture, says the About Us page of the website.
"From now on, people can upload their short films on the Web site and access [IRIB] produced material," AFP quotes Lotfollah Siahkali, deputy chief of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting as saying.
The new website comes at a time when the country is rumoured to be working on a country-wide Intranet, which allows the local authorities to have monitoring and restricting access to 'anti-Islamic' content. Iran had blocked YouTube since mid-2009 and deployed various filters to restrict Iranian's access to websites it considered 'anti-government'. Facebook is also banned in the country.
In September this year, the Iranian government blocked Google search and Gmail until further notice. The government then announced it is working on a “domestic Internet Network”, which it says will improve cyber security.
Like Iran, there are quite a few nations such as China and Russia that are thickening their Internet filters. The issue was even discussed at the recent World Conference on International Telecommunications, which set off in Dubai to review regulations reached in 1988. Head of the UN telecommunications body Hamadoun Toure, however, quelled worries that the UN would authorise governments to monitor the Internet.
"Nothing can stop the freedom of expression in the world today, and nothing in this conference will be about it. I have not mentioned anything about controlling the Internet," Toure had said. "Many countries will come to reaffirm their desire to see freedom of expression embedded in this conference.”
The Indian government has also time and again made efforts to control the Internet, social media in particular. According to Google's latest transparency report, India ranks second in the world for accessing private details of its citizens, only after the U.S.
The data reveals India had made 2,319 requests involving 3,467 users in the first six months. The U.S. made 7,969 requests, while Brazil, which ranks third, made 1,566 requests during the same period. Globally, 20,938 requests were made during the January-June period.
What do you think of governments across the world trying to restrict/control the Internet? Let us know in the comments section below: