• European telecoms firms call for pragmatism on net neutrality

    Deutsche Telekom CEO Hoettges delivers a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Leila Abboud BARCELONA (Reuters) - Europe's two biggest telecom operators have called on regulators to be flexible and pragmatic in finalising rules to protect the openness of the Internet, to allow them to give priority to certain kinds of data traffic on their networks. The chief executives of Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom said on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that network operators needed to give special treatment to data for new services like connected cars and smart electricity meters to ensure that they functioned properly. Industry expects such specialised services could eventually generate billions in additional revenue as everyday tasks are increasingly connected to the web. In both the United States and Europe regulators are forming policies on how to protect "net neutrality", the concept that all traffic on the Internet must be treated equally regardless of content or source.

  • Iran's Guards increase monitoring of social media: state TV
    Iran monitored 8 million Facebook accounts with new software and will watch other social media sites for content that contravenes the Islamic Republic's moral codes, state television reported on Monday. The Center for Investigation of Organized Crime, a branch of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), accused Facebook of spreading immoral content and said it had arrested several users. "[Facebook] is trying to push its users toward immoral content via its suggestion system, by making them choose harmful, decadent and obscene content over beneficial and educational subject matter," the IRGC said in a statement cited by state TV and other Iranian media.

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