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HAPPY AT 90 MILES » Internet in Cuba
May
18
2009

Internet in Cuba

Less than 2% of the population in Cuba has access to the internet.

Reporters Without Borders online protest against Internet Censorship

Reporters Without Borders online protest against Internet Censorship

There are real obstacles presented by economic limitations of the potential users and the U.S.embargo (lack of access to fiber optic cables limiting bandwith, although telecommunications technology is not part of the embargo). However, the fact remains that the Cuban government extends its severe censorship to the world wide web, undobtedly fearing its inherent openness.

Go to any bookstore in Cuba and check out the selection: The life of Che, Che’s diaries, Memories of Che, Fidel’s best speeches, The Open Veins of Latin America by Galeano and some works by Chomsky. There are other titles, conspicuously apolitical, but that about sums it up. Now imagine applying that kind of filtering to the internet. It’s hard, but the regime has managed through a couple of ways. Communications Minister Ramiro Valdes recently called the internet “A wild Colt (horse) that can and must be controlled.”

Home connections are prohibited. In schools and institutions, Cubans have access to a national intranet of sorts, a tightly controlled collections of pages that do not link out. Try out the “Cuban google” Good for a laugh if it wasn’t so sad. Apparently it can search any subject, but only on Cuban servers, or the Cuban intranet.
“The aim is to search Cuban Web sites without having to rely on foreign engines,” said its creator, Leandro Silva.

Only trusted government insiders have access to the real thing, through special passwords that allow them to access the real web.

The foreign tourists present a problem. They want access to their internet as they’re used to, so there are internet cafés in some parts of Havana and Santiago.
To use the computers, you must prove you’re NOT Cuban, and should you be able to sneak by, access is further restricted by costing half a month’s peso wages per hour ($10). On top of that, spyware tracks and prevents access to unauthorized sites.

ETECSA is Cuba’s telecom monopoly owned by the state. Since some Cubans, most notoriously those dreaded bloggers, were able to access computers at hotels and post on their blogs, ETECSA recently cracked down. Cubans are now explicitly prohibited from using internet services in hotels, as they were prohibited from even entering these same hotels until some years ago. The apartheid that the common Cuban suffers everyday on the streets vis a vis the foreign visitor also extends to cyberspace.

Reinaldo Escobar, the husband of Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez recently went to the Melia Cohiba Hotel with Yoani wearing a hidden camera. The video clearly shows the receptionist denying them access when she learns they are Cuban.
Yoani’s video here: (Mouse over the middle for English translation)

Cuba is on Reporters without Borders list of 15 “internet enemies”, their 2006 report is here.

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