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With the notable exception of Miguel Díaz-Canel ("MDC"), now president of Cuba and an electronics engineer by training, many in the leadership in Cuba are said not to be knowledgeable about modern computer and communications technology, leading to suboptimal deployment decisions. Cuba has of course also been hampered by the embargo's relentless hold resulting in very small sized pipes going into Cuba, something the manufactured American consensus blames on the victim. The largely white exilia, especially those in the US, are running full speed ahead with the use of computer and communications technology, introducing another game changer, potentially to the disadvantage of AfroCubans. But these technologies also present many opportunities for everyone. 

U.S. Department of State News: Cuba Internet Task Force Second Public Meeting  12/7/2018 STL News: "The Cuba Internet Task Force is a Presidential Advisory Committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Consistent with the objectives of FACA, we continue to ensure that advice of the advisory committee is objective and accessible to the public. All public documents related to the task force are available on the Department of State’s Cuba Internet Task Force webpage. Those interested in providing additional comments for the task force’s consideration may do so on the webpage or by emailing CubaITF@state.gov."

Las formas en las que cambia Cuba con la llegada del 3G  12/6/2018 La Silla Rota: ""Es genial para los que tenemos familia fuera. Hasta ahora la velocidad va bien. He hecho una vídeo llamada y fue fenomenal, y eso que estoy en una zona rural", dice un ciudadano a la agencia Efe."

Cuba rolls out 3G mobile access  12/5/2018 The Internet in Cuba: "The prices are quite steep for a typical Cuban and I suspect there would be relatively few subscribers among the 34% of the population that is not yet covered. Furthermore, many users will have to buy new phones to use the service. (There are still 1,084 second-generation mobile base stations in Cuba). Network performance during the trials mentioned above was poor -- connections were unreliable and slow. Part of that may have been due to the fact that access was free, but it remains to be seen how fast and reliable the mobile access will be."

Cuba to roll out mobile internet services amid concerns over cost  12/5/2018 Al Jazeera: "Cubans will be able to access the internet on their mobile phones for the first time from Thursday, according to the state-run telecommunications company ETECSA. The announcement is a milestone for the Communist-run island country, which has long been one of the Western Hemisphere's least-connected countries and is one of the last countries in the world without mobile internet."

US Task Force To Discuss Cuba Internet Issues In December - State Department  11/30/2018 Urdu Point: "The US Department of State said in a statement on Thursday that a public-private advisory body it sponsors will hold a meeting on internet issues in Cuba in December. "The Cuba Internet Task Force will hold its second public meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018," the statement said on Thursday."

Cuba proveerá internet a un precio seis veces menor en las zonas rurales  10/23/2018 14 y Medio: "Los usuarios pagarán 5 CUC al mes por 30 horas de conexión a una velocidad de 512/256 Kbps"

Toward better use of information and communications technology  9/28/2018 Cuba debate: "The island has designed a plan for the establishment and development of Electronic Government that includes four stages: internet presence; interaction between public administration, government and the population; transactions, where electronic payments are used for procedures and services; and transformation, which includes the participation of the population in the construction of public policies and in the running of public administration and government. Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recently reviewed progress on these matters, and highlighted the importance of this task for the country. He noted that, like others, this area also requires constant monitoring, both by the Ministry of Communications and all other People’s Power bodies, entities and administrations."

For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere  8/15/2018 NYT: "On Tuesday, the Cuban government tested wireless internet directly on mobile phones nationwide for nine hours. The internet was free for the duration of the test, but Etecsa plans to sell mobile phone plans that include internet service. Etecsa customers were not alerted about the trial, according to Yoani Sánchez, director of the local news site 14ymedio.com. They found out through word of mouth and social media."

Google and Cuba close to finalizing agreement to expand internet access on the island Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article212660549.html#storylink=cpy  6/6/2018 Miami Herald: "Díaz-Canel “spoke about education on the island, the internet and what they are doing, but he also acknowledges the need for increased connectivity. That was clear,” said Flake, an Arizona Republican. “Something that was significant was that [Díaz-Canel and Schmidt] speak different languages but they both … speak engineering,” said the senator."

Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader  6/5/2018 AFP: "Eric Schmidt, a board member of Google's parent company Alphabet, met Monday with Cuba's new president to discuss improving Cuban internet connectivity, one of the world's lowest."

Dos “startups” cubanas que ya no están  3/9/2018 Yucabyte: "Y aunque son dos ejemplos que pudieran estar aislados, la realidad demuestra que las condiciones en que surgieron no fueron del todo propicias para el desarrollo de los emprendimientos que relacionan la información con las tecnologías (I+T), a pesar de que otros han sabido mantenerse a flote. Dichas condiciones, unos años después, continúan vigentes en Cuba."

The Enemy Plan will Be Defeated with More Cubans Defending our Reality  2/26/2018 Periodico 26: "The CIA had their hopes pinned on agent "Pablo." He had an excellent education and knew how to relate to youth and students, the focus of Washington's plans in Cuba. State Security here, however, had full confidence in the man they called "Daniel." In April of 2011, the real identity of Daniel and Pablo as one and the same person was announced; writer and university professor, Raúl Capote. Among the missions the CIA gave their agent in Havana was the recruitment of intellectuals and youth to train as leaders to challenge the Revolution."

Firman Etecsa y compañía SES Networks acuerdo para servicios satelitales  2/21/2018 TV Santiago: "La Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A., Etecsa, suscribió un acuerdo para servicios de capacidad satelital con la compañía SES Networks de Luxemburgo, según publicó la Dirección de Comunicación Institucional de la entidad cubana en su portal digital. El acuerdo permitirá diversificar la conectividad de la Isla y complementar la existente por fibra óptica, mediante un servicio satelital de órbita media, de alta capacidad y muy similar en algunos parámetros de calidad a la fibra, que garantizarán capacidades adicionales para soportar el servicio de internet a los usuarios de Etecsa."

Suggestions for the Cuba Internet Task Force  2/13/2018 CircleID: "I hope the subcommittee on media and Internet freedom resists proposals for clandestine programs. Those that have failed in the past have provided the Cuban government with an excuse for repression and cost the United States money and prestige. Both the Cuban and United States governments have overstated what their impact would have been had they succeeded."

¿Qué crees del desarrollo de softwares cubanos?  2/13/2018 Cubahora: "Si permitieran crear servidores con dominio .cu seria genial para nosotros, ya que no tuvieramos que pagar un servidor en USA, Canada o cualquier otro pais."

First meeting of Cuba Internet task force  2/11/2018 On Cuba: [The main obstacle to Internet connectivity is the US embargo, which restricts the size of the pipe into Cuba to a size appropriate for a medium sized US firm.]

Ciberguerra y Ley Helms Burton  1/25/2018 Cartas desde Cuba: "EEUU vuelve a la carga con la ciberguerra contra Cuba, creando un grupo de tarea para elaborar una estrategia en ese sentido. Regresa a la misma política que creo Zunzuneo y llevó a la cárcel al estadounidense Alan Gross, canjeado después por los agentes cubanos."

Tras la tregua se reinica la ciberguerra  1/24/2018 Cartas desde Cuba: “En el pasado, frases como «trabajar por la libertad de expresión» y «expandir el acceso a internet en Cuba» han sido utilizadas por Washington para enmascarar planes desestabilizadores con el uso de las nuevas tecnologías. Uno de los ejemplos más conocidos fue el proyecto ZunZuneo, desenmascarado en el año 2014 por la agencia AP, que pretendía crear una plataforma de mensajería entre los jóvenes cubanos similar a Twitter, pero cuyo verdadero propósito era promover acciones contra el orden interno del país”, publicó el periódico oficial Granma, órgano oficial del Partido Comunista de Cuba."

Guerras cibernéticas: nuevas formas de guerra  12/22/2017 Cuba Debate: "dos salidas para el capital ultraconcentrado: invertir en la militarización comandada por el Estado, construir nuevas armas nucleares o invertir en guerras locales, guerra contra las drogas, en la construcción de muros fronterizos, en inventar nuevos aparatos policiales y militares. O bien hacer grandes inversiones en tecnología, robotización, automatización masiva y digitalización, cubriendo, si es posible, todos los ámbitos de la vida. Si la inversión en 1980 era de 65 mil millones, ahora ha pasado a 654 mil millones."

Registran en Cuba más de 600 incidentes de ciberseguridad este año  11/30/2017 Trabajadores: "Gutiérrez Rodríguez caracterizó los principales problemas que hoy existen en esta materia en el país, donde hasta octubre último la Osri registró más de 600 incidentes de ciberseguridad de mayor o menor gravedad. Dificultades en la gestión de los servidores de correos y del Sistema de Nombres de Dominio (DNS, por sus siglas en inglés), junto con la actividad contrarrevolucionaria de carácter subversivo a través del correo electrónico y enmascarada como spam, fueron algunas de las cuestiones con mayor ocurrencia citadas por el experto. El director general de la Osri también hizo referencia a la alta incidencia de programas malignos (malware), cuyas muestras no siempre son encaminadas adecuadamente por las entidades y personas afectadas; e insistió también en el uso violatorio de proxys anónimos u otros canales colaterales que infringen la legislación vigente en materia de seguridad informática."

Nuevas regulaciones de EE.UU. contra Cuba, ¿Una ayuda a los cuentapropistas?  11/10/2017 El Toque: "Si alguien le dijo al presidente Donald Trump que las más recientes medidas contra Cuba de los departamentos del Tesoro y el Comercio de su país, iban a favorecer al pueblo cubano y a sus emprendedores, le mintió. Son, en toda la línea, una vulgar y torpe política que agrede la voluntad y deseo de cambio que existe mayoritariamente en ambas orillas."

CIBERSOCIEDAD 2017: Cuban firms sign memorandums of understanding with foreign companies  10/19/2017 Granma: "A memorandum of understanding was signed October 18 between Cuba’s software applications company, Desoft, and Germany’s International Software Quality Institute, iSQI, as part of the Cibersociedad 2017 international event, underway in Varadero."

Julia Weist: 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™  9/17/2017 Queens Museum: "For the project 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™, American artist and 2016-2017 Queens Museum-Jerome Fellow Julia Weist collaborates with Cuban artist Nestor Siré to analyze creative social strategies in Cuba that have developed in place of internet connectivity. The most significant of these phenomenon, El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” is a 1 terabyte digital media collection, aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing."

Acceso a Internet y uso de tecnologías estimula debate en blog cubano  8/24/2017 IPS: "A su juicio, en los escenarios donde se discute la informatización sigue como gran ausente la comunidad de usuarios, “la que a diario pone a circular aplicaciones para sus teléfonos que, de modo off line, les ayuda a saber un poco más de los medicamentos que necesita, los restaurantes que pueden visitar, la orientación por calles”."

Clubs de verano y la informatización en Cuba  8/1/2017 Cuba Ahora: "Durante este período estival, los Joven Club de Computación a lo largo y ancho de la isla despliegan intensas jornadas de promoción a sus plataformas más novedosas y representativas…"

The digital revolution in Havana: between liberation and submission  7/27/2017 Open Democracy 

Inside Cuba’s D.I.Y. Internet Revolution  7/26/2017 Wired: "the Cubans—the very resourceful Cubans—haven’t exactly been sitting around sipping mojitos as the digital revolución passed them by. They have workarounds. Oh, do they have workarounds."

Díaz-Canel: ‘Los cubanos tienen que usar internet para hacer Revolución’  7/10/2017 Habana Linda: "“Los cubanos tienen que usar internet para hacer Revolución. Tenemos que ser capaces de poner los contenidos de la Revolución en internet, en todas las plataformas, desde todas las instituciones. Y aprovechar para contrarrestar así toda esta avalancha de contenido seudocultural, banal, vulgar que existe en la red”, instó el primer vicepresidente de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, este jueves."

Repetirán streaming con el Desfile de la Serpiente del Festival del Caribe  6/22/2017 TV Cubana: "La productora Lía Videos, con su unidad de televisión de alta definición, se encargará de filmar, editar y transmitir en tiempo real este espectáculo desde Santiago de Cuba."

Best and Brightest Cuban Young Technologists to Study US Entrepreneurship as Interns in New York  6/16/2017 Businesswire: "With Cuban-American relations back front and center on the political agenda, four of Cuba’s best and brightest minds in technology and design have been selected to travel to the U.S. and learn about American entrepreneurship in the heart of New York City’s startup scene. The students were selected out of a field of nearly 100 applicants for the experience by the Innovadores Foundation, an American non-profit that works with Cuban young people to seed innovation in Cuba."

NinjaCuba, la red social de los emprendimientos cubanos  5/29/2017 IPS: "Para muchos freelancers cubanos, obtener un empleo acorde a sus aspiraciones puede ser una tarea difícil. Y dependen de intermediarios que en variadas ocasiones “lucran excesivamente”, gracias a los beneficios que otorga la plusvalía. Dos conocedores en carne propia de este fenómeno son Víctor Manuel Moratón, un ingeniero informático de 29 años, y Fabián Ruiz, un diseñador de 33 años, quienes intentan cambiar esa realidad con la creación de una plataforma online que conecta directamente a los profesionales con los empleadores, de una manera rápida y sencilla."

Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life  5/15/2017 Polygon: "Now, despite trade embargoes, despite nearly non-existent internet and government controlled media and censorship, Cuba surprises once more in its ability to overcome the seemingly insurmountable by embracing all aspects of video games. Secret gaming networks entwine utility lines, broadcast from rooftops and piggy-back phone cables over highways. Speakeasy arcades can be found in many Havana neighborhoods, locked away behind closed doors. Blocked by two governments, U.S. video games — normally priced in the U.S. at more than a Cuban makes in a month — are as inexpensive as they are ubiquitous in Cuba’s thriving black market."

Meet Cuba’s first internet entrepreneurs at Disrupt New York  5/11/2017 Tech Crunch: "Cubazon. Kewelta. Knales. These aren’t house hold names in the US but they’re at the vanguard of entrepreneurship in Cuba and they’ll be joining us on stage at Disrupt New York."

Google activates company's first servers in Cuba  4/28/2017 Christian Science Monitor: "On Thursday, Google activated a line of caching servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign company with the ability to provide online content in the country. The new servers will help speed up internet access for the small percentage of Cuba's population that are internet users, and could lay a groundwork for future web expansion in the isolated nation."

Los revolucionarios …  4/27/2017 Salir a la Manigua: "En Cuba, en materia de TIC, han cambiado algunas cosas. Muchos emprendedores cubanos relacionados con este sector han visitado EUA para intercambiar con emprendedores de ese país, casi se realiza un evento sobre Startups en La Habana y por poco se hace uno, también sobre esos temas, en New York, concluyó la “prueba piloto” del servicio de internet en los hogares en La Habana Vieja y se “proyecta la comercialización gradual a otras zonas del país”, nació la “bolsa nauta”, el “plan amigo”, se redujo el precio de la navegación por la “internet nacional” y según funcionarios de ETECSA se dan los pasos iniciales para, en un futuro, ofrecer el servicio de acceso a Internet en los teléfonos móviles utilizando la tecnología 3G."

Exitosa prueba de plataforma 3G para tráfico de datos en Santiago  4/23/2017 TV Santiago: "Con éxito se realizaron pruebas para habilitar la plataforma 3G para el tráfico de datos en la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba, lo que permitirá ampliar la velocidad y eficiencia de los servicios desde las cuentas Nauta y el envío de MMS en la cabecera provincial."

Cuba’s State Entities Benefit from Local Laptop and Tablet Assembly  4/10/2017 Havana Times: "From last December to this March, that is to say in just three months of production, 1500 laptops and over 3500 tablets have been assembled, figures which are relatively modest given this kind of industry. The Industrial Company for Computers, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME) was the first on the island to have a specialized production line for these types of devices, whose hardware, or physical parts come from the Haier company in China. The software has been “made in Cuba” courtesy of the University of Information Sciences (UCI), which has designed Nova Operation Systems for laptops and NovaDroid for tablets."

IX Encuentro Internacional de Investigadores y Estudiosos de la Información y la Comunicación (ICOM 2017) 13-17 de noviembre de 2017  4/1/2017 IPS: Convocatorio - ICOM 2017, 7 de noviembre de 2017 - "En tiempos en que las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación atraviesan la gestión del desarrollo en nuestros países y estimulan prácticas de convergencia, y cuando la solución de muchos proble mas de la realidad social demanda el diálogo entre las competencias y enfoques teóricos de diferentes disciplinas, es imprescindible trascender los muros y la tentación de la especialización excesiva del conocimiento, más propia de paradigmas epistemológic os de antaño."

Cuba's digital drive gathers impetus  3/31/2017 China Daily 

How Reggaetón Exploded All Over Cuba Without the Internet  3/30/2017 Wired: "You can’t visit Cuba and not hear reggaetón. The eclectic mix of salsa, hip-hop and electronica blasts from shops, cars and bike taxis. And despite government censorship and limited internet access, the genre exploded in popularity thanks to “el paquete,” a grassroots distribution system that relies on nothing more than hard drives, thumb drives, and old-fashioned hand delivery."

Cuba drives digitalization with help of Chinese technology  3/28/2017 Xinhua: "Significantly, the products' operating systems and applications are produced by Cuba's UCI. "That decision was due to the current global scenario of spying and cyber security. For us to be able to guarantee that our products are Cuban designed and that the operating systems are 100 percent Cuban, (we have to) endow them with a higher degree of security," said Fernandez."

If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines  3/22/2017 Global Voices: "This and other US media coverage of the recent shift in US-Cuba relations reflect a longstanding popular narrative in which the United States sees itself as the patron or colonial parent of the underdeveloped Cuban state. And as with so many other countries less developed than ours, we imagine our government—and now our technology companies—acting as the savior to the people of the country, empowering the disempowered through the (sometimes) democratizing effects of our multi-billion dollar tech innovations. With the collective hysteria about false information in news media in the background, these headlines reflect a small but important problem that arises when we try to write our news for clicks. When we combine our hunger for web traffic with entrenched biases about the United States as a patron of what too many Americans still imagine to be a forlorn Communist island, we land on a path to increasingly misleading, poorly researched narratives about a place that is indeed knowable and deeply connected to the US, in culture, intellectual history, and much more."

Impacto de la Organización de Informáticos de Cuba  3/14/2017 TV Santiago 

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast  3/11/2017 Salon: "Last year, computer engineer Bernardo Romero González came up with an idea to develop an online ordering system that allows people outside of Cuba to pay for gifts purchased from local Cuban businesses to be delivered to friends and relatives on the island. “This platform helps other entrepreneurs in Cuba to grow their market,” Romero told Salon. “Businesses in Cuba are limited to their town or city because they don’t have access to e-commerce. This creates the financial platform that allows them to put their products on the Internet.”"

WikiLeaks releases 'entire hacking capacity of the CIA'  3/7/2017 Fox: "Some of the files include redacted information, such as tens “of thousands of CIA targets and attack machines throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States.”"

Boulder company helps Cuba catch up in the tech race  3/7/2017 NBC: "A good laugh can be a great cure for a lack of creativity. That's why you'll hear plenty of it at Boomtown Accelerator in Boulder. Jose Vieitez, the co-founder, helps startups fine tune their software, business strategy and other elements essential to a successful business."

Kaspersky "heapgrd" DLL Inject  3/7/2017 WikiLeaks: Kaspersky is widely used in Cuba. This hacking tool described in WikiLeak's collection of CIA tools should be readily fixable.

Miami Herald Cites Nearshore Americas for Cuba Tech Talent Research  3/7/2017 Near Shores America: "The Miami Herald has cited Nearshore Americas for its research on Cuba’s hidden technology talent pool, explaining how foreign multinationals are silently sourcing skilled software professionals on the island. (The article appeared on the front page of the Herald, last Friday, March 3, 2017.) The news daily said Cuba could be home to the largest pool of untapped IT talent in the Americas, adding that the communist government has given “tacit permission” for programmers to work for U.S. companies."

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed  3/7/2017 WikiLeaks: "Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency."

Preparing for a business career in Cuba takes persistence  3/2/2017 Miami Herald: "One of the biggest challenges in running a private tech venture in Cuba is getting the spare parts to operate the repair operation. “We decided to buy old laptops, broken laptops so we could get the screws and hardware needed to make repairs,” Puente said. “We learned how to do maintenance on motherboards to extend their lives.”

Cuba remains analog in a digital world  3/2/2017 The Internet in Cuba: "To run a sub-network the guys logged in using ETECSA cards and then sold the connection to the people in the park. When someone wanted to connect, one of the guys would type in a password on the person’s phone and, when the time was over, delete it. Back in November they paid 2 CUC per hour connecting maybe 10-15 people an hour for 1 CUC. With so many people using the same link, the speed was so bad that sometimes I couldn’t even check email. Yet, many people around me were video-chatting using an app called IMO (Skype and several other popular apps doesn’t work in Cuba)."

Cuba tech startups land in Boulder for a Boomtown-style training  3/1/2017 Daily Camera: "Under the guidance of the Washington, D.C.-based Cuba Emprende Foundation, a cadre of young Cuban startup CEOs has arrived in Boulder to undergo a two-week intensive program on product design, finance, digital marketing and anything else Boulder's hyper-active startup community can throw at them."

Cuba has ‘largest pool of untapped IT talent in the Americas’  2/27/2017 Miami Herald: "The people working in the Bacardí building probably also work for Cuban state enterprises, McIntire told el Nuevo Herald. “The government is fully aware that those are programmers working for foreign companies. They are in the stage of allowing it, but not promoting it,” he said."

There is no Cuban home Internet plan -- and that's good news.  2/22/2017 The Internet in Cuba: "My guess is that the Havana trial and the installations in Bayamo, Santa Clara and Las Tunas are not part of a national home-connectivity plan, but ends in themselves -- interim measures aimed at bringing slow DSL connectivity to small businesses and self-employed people in the most affluent parts of selected cities. That makes more sense to me than a plan to spend a lot of money upgrading copper telephone wires and central office equipment in order to be able to offer obsolete connectivity to 50% of Cuban homes by 2020."

Prohibido el uso de laptops en la zona Wifi de Caibarién  2/20/2017 Cibercuba: "Se referían a las prácticas frecuentes en las zonas Wifi con el llamado Connectify, que permite a varios usuarios conectarse simultáneamente desde una sola cuenta de Internet. Algunos ciudadanos compran una tarjeta Nauta, y a través de sus laptops personales conectan a varias personas por un menor precio."

Do-it-yourself rural fiber  2/9/2017 The Internet in Cuba: "Large cities like Havana have expensive fiber rings intalled in tunnels and ducts under the streets. (Google has installed that sort of infrastructure in two African capitals). Could a small town construct their own fiber ring using L.1700-compliant cables and electronics -- creating a network like the one in the following ITU illustration?"

El Contrapunteo de esta semana dedicado a los libros digitales en Cuba  2/6/2017 Cubarte: "Lo que sí es cierto es que el debate sobre esta temática ya existe, por tanto Contrapunteo va a ofrecer la oportunidad a todos aquellos con opiniones al respecto de participar en este foro que formula como principales preguntas: ¿Hasta qué punto se aprovechan las potencialidades de los libros digitales en Cuba? ¿Cómo se insertan las editoriales cubanas en la producción de estos textos? ¿Cómo acceden o pudieran acceder los cubanos a los libros digitales? ¿Cuál sería el rol de las bibliotecas y otras instituciones culturales en esa promoción? Como siempre participarán periodistas, especialistas y directivos de instituciones y todas aquellas personas con criterios a propósito y que pueden integrarse al debate a través del correo electrónico contrapunteonc@cubarte.cult.cu o de la página de Facebook www.facebook.com/noticierocultural.cuba."

Unión de Informáticos de Cuba abre convocatoria a membrecía  2/1/2017 Cubarte: "La Unión de Informáticos de Cuba en colaboración con el Centro de Informatización para la Cultura (Cubarte), sostuvo un encuentro con los principales actores en las ramas de la tecnología, la informática y las telecomunicaciones de las diferentes instituciones del sector cultural. El encuentro que tuvo lugar en la sala-teatro Abelardo Estorino, en la tarde de este martes, contó entre sus objetivos suscitar el debate en torno a los trabajadores que en su puesto de trabajo se encuentran en estrecho vínculo con las tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones, sus prácticas diarias y los basamentos o estatutos que puedan amparar a este agente dentro de su campo."

An ethnographic study -- what are Cubans doing online?  1/23/2017 The Internet in Cuba: "Even if the Cuban Internet has grown significantly during these times of change, no vibrant online society has marched forward. A well-known group of dissidents continues to provide the international community with critical opinions from the inside, but the average netizen is busy calling their family, downloading pictures from Facebook onto their phones, or struggling to open Wikipedia in preparation for their next term paper."

This is what Havana’s growing WiFi revolution looks like  1/22/2017 Huck Magazine: "The Zone is a place in which the laws of reality no longer apply. Its map extends through the capital in urban nodes, and in the villages of the provinces, it occupies the previously semi-vacant central park."

Inaugurarán nuevo punto wifi en el parqueo de Coppelia  1/15/2017 Cubadebate: "Un nuevo punto para la conexión wifi será inaugurado el cuatro de abril en el parqueo de la capitalina heladería Coppelia, en homenaje a los pioneros y jóvenes cubanos en su día. “El espacio estará concebido para el disfrute de la población, y contará con ofertas gastronómicas y baños públicos en aras de amenizar la estancia en el área“, informó Reinaldo García Zapata, miembro del Comité Central del Partido y presidente del gobierno en la provincia."

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow  1/14/2017 WaPo: "The government estimates that 100,000 Cubans connect to the internet daily. A new feature of urban life in Cuba is the sight of people sitting at all hours on street corners or park benches, their faces illuminated by the screen of smartphones connected by applications such as Facebook Messenger to relatives in Miami, Ecuador or other outposts of the Cuban diaspora."

Cuba tiene singulares maneras de ingresar a internet  1/14/2017 AP: "En un país donde el salario promedio equivale a unos 25 dólares al mes, el costo suena alto, aunque está al alcance de muchos cubanos que reciben remesas del extranjero o trabajan en el sector privado emergente."

Cuba Is Headed for a Tech Revolution  1/13/2017 Tech.co: "With the passing of Fidel Castro, and his brother Raul poised to retire soon, it is entirely possible that Cuba will shift into a vibrant, Internet-enabled economic engine. These events will bring the island nation into focus as free markets and technology emerge as potential replacements for an ideology that has for too long failed to address poor economic performance."

Access to Telecommunications in Cuba: An Interview with The Mindful Techie  1/4/2017 AfroBuenaventura: "I rarely used my phone during the trip given the cost of international cell and data coverage through my provider ($2.99/min for calls and $2.99/1MB for data). Text messaging was significantly cheaper at $.05 message. Some places, such as some of the major hotels offered paid access to internet."

Cuba Moves Ahead With Home Internet Project – But Will It Expand?  1/2/2017 WLRN, Miami: "So this week the government will start a pilot project giving 2,000 households in Havana’s historic center free Internet access for two months. After that they’ll have to pay for it. Still, most Cubans say it’s an encouraging sign."

Cuban households test free Internet access  12/30/2016 EuroNews: "Some 2,000 Cuban households are getting to grips with free Internet access as part of a government-run pilot scheme in downtown Havana. Cuba has one of the lowest online connectivity rates in the world. Just five percent of its 11.2 million residents is estimated to have home Web access."

Chinese Investor Plans Computer Factory in Cuba  12/29/2016 Cuba Journal: "This factory will reportedly produce both 8-inch and 10-inch tablets, and will also produce laptops running sixth-generation Intel processors. Researchers from Cuba's academic institutions will work on the development of an operating system and software."

China's Haier Group will manufacture low-end tablets and laptops in Cuba  12/28/2016 The Internet in Cuba: "However, there has been a major shift in manufacturing technology since "made in Japan" meant low-end products -- assembly work is now heavily automated and will be more so in the future. I wonder how many Cubans will be employed in this factory and what sorts of jobs they will have."

Google signs internet deal with Cuba's telecommunications monopoly  12/12/2016 Reuters: “This deal allows ETECSA to use our technology to reduce latency by caching some of our most popular high bandwidth content like YouTube videos at a local level," a Google statement said."

Given the incentive, Cuba’s economy could boom  11/28/2016 The National, South Africa 

Cuban “Gamers” Surrealist Internet  11/8/2016 Havana Times: "In Cuba, over 20 years ago, when pirate distributors called “lateros” began to create homemade TV antennas so that they could pick up foreign TV channels and transmit them via cable to their users, a productive underground market for coax cables was born. You only have to have the right “contact”, the right amount of money and you can ask for however many meters you want. Normally, groups of teenagers and young people put together their money which they’ve painfully scraped together and buy all the cables they need between them."

Nothing for Ordinary Cubans  11/4/2016 Havana Times: "The internet isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Plus, the 2 CUC (US $2.30) price tag for a 1 hour access card is still a great blow to the Cuban people’s economy. However, the problem isn’t only the government’s expensive price, but also the cruel initiative that resellers take. They take advantage of the fact there are very few ETECSA retail outlets and that employees there would rather sell them in bulk in exchange for getting a few cents extra for each card sold, since when these are sold directly to the general population, they don’t get a cut."

Unión de Informáticos de Cuba, plataforma de intercambio científico  11/3/2016 Cubainformación: "La joven Unión de Informáticos de Cuba (UIC) pretende erigirse como una plataforma de intercambio en la I Convención Internacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Información, declaró hoy la presidenta nacional de esa institución, Eilyn Febles. Somos una organización de la sociedad civil cubana, que surge el 7 de marzo de 2016, justo cuando empezó a prepararse el comité organizador de esta convención, explicó Febles a Prensa Latina."

AT&T Makes its Debut in Cuba with Roaming Wireless Service  10/26/2016 Nearshore Americas: "US telecom giant AT&T has begun offering roaming wireless services for its customers in Cuba after wrapping up an agreement for network interconnection with the island’s state-run telecom firm ETECSA. The carrier says its customers can now talk, text, and use data while visiting the communist island. Some US papers have described the move as AT&T’s second major step on its expansion in Latin America."

“Ones to Watch” for Cuba Tech  10/13/2016 The New Cuba: "If you had been really dialed into the scene before arriving to Cuba, you would have been tipped off to a cool restaurant app called Alamesa, which lists 900 restaurants with addresses, phone numbers and reviews — and it works brilliantly offline. Game-changer. Who is the creator of this app? His name is Ariel Causa Menendez, and this week, the young Cuban was awarded for his invention by the recent 10X10KCuba contest along with 9 of his industry peers in a competition that sought to select the 10 most promising Tech startups in Cuba today."

Primer “Sábado del Software” en Camagüey  9/23/2016 Adelante: "La Junta Directiva Nacional convoca a participar en esta jornada a los afiliados de empresas estatales y no estatales de la provincia anfitriona; así como de Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila y Las Tunas, a intercambiar conocimientos, proyectos y resultados sobre aplicaciones móviles, soluciones informáticas y otros software de interés educativo."

Habrá Wifi en todo el Malecón habanero  9/21/2016 Cubadebate: "La Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) prevé proveer con tecnología Wifi la avenida del Malecón habanero, desde Prado hasta la entrada del túnel de 5ta Avenida, antes de que concluya el 2016. “Ya se identificaron los lugares donde se colocarán los puntos de acceso inalámbrico, así como el equipamiento técnico para el servicio”, aseguró Eudes Monier Núñez, jefe del Departamento de Mercadotecnia y Comunicación de la División Territorial de ETECSA."

Camila en el macrocosmos del micro mecenazgo  9/17/2016 Progreso Semanal: "Desde que comenzó a “crowfundiar” Camila Carballo no se va a dormir sin saber qué contenido agitará al día siguiente en las redes. Una foto vieja o nueva. Un amigo que encuentra en la calle. Una reflexión sobre caer y levantarse. Algo que lee de pasada en un libro o periódico que un fulano sostiene abierto bajo el sol en el camino de su apartamento semiderruido en el Vedado hasta la zona Wi-fi de 23 y L. Cualquier detalle ingenioso o sentimental puede abrirle paso hasta otro mecenas. Y otro mecenas. Y otro."

A Cuban Idea to Comfortably Connect to Internet  9/10/2016 OnCuba: "“Out in the open, exposed to the elements, with insecurity, without privacy…,” Luis Ramírez, the Cuban designer who together with his colleague Michel Aguilar has conceived a “Modular system of urban furniture for the WiFi zone in Cuba,” or Parawifi, as they called it, points out."

Transformaciones urbanas en Cuba por el auge de Internet  9/7/2016 Progreso Semanal: "A un año de la llegada de Internet a Cuba la generación wifi se las ingenia para formar parte de la comunicación global. La red pública sólo dispone de 114 espacios de conexión en toda la isla. Estas zonas suelen estar copadas por los usuarios que, para acceder al servicio, tienen que comprar una tarjeta prepaga, a dos 2 dólares la hora (equivalente a 2 CUC, peso cubano convertible). El furor por la conectividad promueve que lugares como la Plaza de la Revolución, el Balneario Universitario o el Castillito, entre otras, sean las áreas más concurridas de La Habana. Pese a los bajos índices de conectividad (cerca del 1%), la revolución digital se expande y genera nuevas dinámicas urbanas."

Thousands of computers possibly infected after visiting Cuban government website  9/5/2016 Caribbean News Now: "But whoever has infected the website seems to have the ability to turn the infection on and off at will, ironically to the ignorance of the site owner, which happens to be the government of Cuba."

The Role of the Police at Havana’s Wi-Fi Hot Spots  9/5/2016 Havana Times: "It’s not the country that’s crazy, it’s the system,” replied the Internet guy. “I studied at the CUJAE university, and you know what every young person who studies there wants to do after they graduate?” “I can guess, but I’d like my hypothesis to be proven right,” I responded. “Leave the country, because there’s no way of changing it and no way of putting up with it,” he asserted."

Miami to host social media and internet freedom in Cuba conference  8/23/2016 In Cuba Today: "Titled Cuba Internet Freedom and organized by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), the Sept. 12-13 event aims to bring together independent journalists from the island with digital innovators and personalities who want to open up the country to the digital world without limitations."

AT&T and ETECSA will connect Cuba and the US for voice, text and data  8/22/2016 OnCuba: "AT&T and ETECSA have concluded negotiations and signed agreements direct connection for the exchange of international voice traffic between the USA and Cuba, as the Cuban company announced today in an institutional statement. The agreements provide for roaming voice, text and data services for AT&T customers traveling to Cuba; as well as providing telephone calls through direct connection between the two countries."

IT Outsourcers, Get Ready for the Castro Dividend  8/17/2016 Nearshore Americas: "Yet, beyond the allure of Cuba’s shabby-chic hotels and the prospect of improving the island’s decrepit roads, there is an even greater prize for investors with vision: Cuba possesses immense STEM talent. Today, physicians, thousands of whom are sent abroad to friendly countries in exchange for foreign aid to Havana, are probably the most prominent part of this group, but this is only one segment. There are tens of thousands of IT professionals on the island."

Derecho e Informática, un puente a medio construir en Cuba  8/12/2016 IPS: "Para la presidenta de la no gubernamental Sociedad Cubana de Derecho e Informática, es vital potenciar un pensamiento en la población cubana que le “permita superar el estado de simple consumidor de tecnología para convertirse en creador de valores”."

Cuba's intranet portal is now on the Web  7/26/2016 The Internet in Cuba: "A year ago, a team of students and employees at the University of Information Science (UCI) launched a digital portal designed to unify all services and applications available on the Cuban intranet. Doug Madory discovered that it is now available on the international Web at Redcuba.cu, so I took a look at it."

Robberies at Havana Area Wi-Fi Hotspots  6/29/2016 Havana Times: "As is the custom, Etecsa only installed the antennas and requested the Electric Company put in some lighting fixtures. The company did not bother to articulate with the local government actions that would allow better comfort for its users and, most importantly their safety."

Hackers Invade Cuba’s Wi-Fi Hotspots  6/21/2016 Havana Times: "A common way to hack these accounts is to create a false Wi-Fi signal which could be called the same or something similar to ETECSA’s own network. “Phishing involves simulating something in order to access sensitive information,” Andy Velazquez (*), a cybernaut, explains. For example: when somebody connects to Nauta, they have to first sign in through their registration page, where they have to enter their username and password. What people see is just a design. That’s to say that, with a little web design know-how, you can create a page that looks just like Nauta’s, and trick the ordinary internet user.” That’s how criminals get their hands on personal details of customers."

ETECSA, la lista negra y los códigos IMEI pirateados  5/27/2016 Cubanet: "Huyendo de la lista negra de ETECSA, muchos cubanos que dudan de la procedencia de sus teléfonos por haber sido comprados a extraños que no brindan garantías se están acercando a las nuevas y pequeñas empresas de reparación de celulares para, de cualquier manera, asegurar sus adquisiciones."

ETECSA detecta en dos días más de 600 celulares con IMEI no válido  5/20/2016 Cubanet: "La norma jurídica aprobada por el MINCOM pone una fecha límite para sustituir los dispositivos que posean errores en el código de identificación internacional de equipo móvil (IMEI). “A los teléfonos que vayan saliendo con ese estado, se les comenzará a llamar uno a uno a partir de la semana próxima, e informaremos a los titulares que tienen hasta el 18 de mayo de 2018 para cambiar su equipo”, dijo a Granma Héctor Marsal Blanco, director de mercadotecnia de la división de servicios móviles de ETECSA."

EE.UU. insta a Cuba a conectarse a Internet mientras dura el interés por la isla  5/11/2016 Ads305: "Tres compañías de telefonía móvil de Estados Unidos han firmado acuerdos con Cuba. Verizon, Sprint y T-Mobile ofrecen a sus clientes la posibilidad de realizar y recibir llamadas en la red de ETECSA con sus propios teléfonos móviles a través del “roaming” o servicio de itinerancia directo, pero hasta el momento ninguna de las compañías estadounidenses puede suministrar estos servicios a los cubanos que viven en la isla."

"Poner Internet en Cuba no es un problema tecnológico, si no una decisión política de sus líderes"  5/11/2016 Cibercuba: "He estado, participado y visto de primera mano las discusiones en la Habana con el Ministro de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, y con la empresa principal (ETECSA). Conozco del interés que poseen en desarrollar la infraestructura de las telecomunicaciones en toda la isla. Su personal técnico, y las compañías como tal, comprenden perfectamente los beneficios económicos que esto pudiera aportarles, pero, tomar tal decisión no les corresponde a ellos, si no a los líderes políticos del país. Son ellos quienes tienen la última palabra en cuanto al cómo y cuan rápido estos cambios puedan implementarse en el país. Obviamente el gobierno cubano debería aprovechar el momento actual, en que Cuba es tema de interés mundial."

Grand Ambitions: Cuban Coders Looking to Energize a Nascent Startup Scene With First Regular Meetups  5/6/2016 Huff Post: "But an ambitious group of young Cuban programmers wants to change that and is trying to energize the island’s technology entrepreneurs by organizing its first tech meetup. Alex Medina, a 35-year-old coder from Camaguey, and a group of friends have started the Merchise Startup Circle and hope to hold the first meeting later this month in Havana. The ultimate goal, according to Medina, is to garner enough interest for regular, monthly meetings on the island."

#Guantánamo por una web inclusiva  4/12/2016 Eskina Lilith: "Un taller para crear diseños web accesibles a discapacitados sesiona desde ayer en Guantánamo como parte del proyecto Ciudades preparadas y alertas ante el riesgo sísmico en las provincias orientales, con fondos de varias organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) en colaboración con el Citma y la Defensa Civil en Cuba. La acción de capacitación es impartida por el ingeniero Ernesto Fernández, de la ONG Handicap Internacional, y se centra en la introducción a diseñadores, desarrolladores web y comunicadores en las herramientas para la creación de sitios digitales que puedan ser visitados por todos."

Encuentro propone diseminar en Cuba computadora de 35 dólares  4/2/2016 IPS: "En el segundo islote más grande del archipiélago cubano, Isla de la Juventud, un grupo de 25 personas integrado por artistas, informáticos, emprendedores y realizadores,acampó durante tres días para compartir experiencias sobre nuevas tecnologías y desarrollo de las ciencias humanísticas. Las oportunidades para Cuba que ofrece la computadora Raspberry Pi, con un costo de solo 35 dólares en el mercado internacional, fueron valoradas por las y los participantes de THATCamp 2016, que en su segunda edición viajó a Nueva Gerona, la capital de ese municipio especial."

What Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba Really Means for U.S. Businesses  3/23/2016 Fortune: "In what would certainly be a big breakthrough for the Cuban people, Obama told ABC News on Sunday that Google “has a deal to start setting up more WIFI and broadband access on the island.” Google ( GOOG -0.67% ) sounded less certain. In a Spanish-language blog post on Monday, the company announced it is bringing Google Cardboard and Chromebooks to a Havana museum, where visitors can connect to a government-owned Internet carrier, and said it is “also exploring additional possibilities to increase and improve access to the Internet, but these are first steps.” "

Cubans are online and hustling despite restrictions and censorship  3/23/2016 Huck Magazine: "Despite tight controls, the internet has been essential in allowing Zenaida’s small business to thrive. The web has created a platform for her to target international tourists through sites like Airbnb, and with a connection in the house she could beat the competition by responding faster than her competitors. The constant access also meant she could with a Dutch website designer to make herself a site – with the capability of taking bookings and advance payments online, a significant achievement given U.S. restrictions on banking to Cuba complicate these types of transaction."

Google cierra un acuerdo con Cuba  3/22/2016 Havana Times: "La primera iniciativa de Google ya se está poniendo en marcha en el estudio del artista plástico cubano Alex Leyva Machado, conocido como “Kcho”. Kcho se ha unido con el gigante estadounidense de tecnología en un proyecto llamado “Google + Kcho.Mor”, que ofrecerá acceso gratuito a internet a una velocidad 70 veces mayor a lo que actualmente proporciona Etecsa, la compañía estatal de telecomunicaciones de Cuba."

How Cubans Get Online  3/21/2016 PC Mag: "In my eight days on the island, I saw firsthand how ordinary Cubans jailbreak the World Wide Web using a combination of hacked apps, Wi-Fi extenders, and cached websites traded on hard drives. This is how Cuba gets online."

Cuba Prepares Implementation of Open Course Free Software  3/19/2016 Radio Cadena Agramonte: "This platform, developed by French schools, will allow to introduce all national resources produced for the sector for more than 20 years, said to Prensa Latina the director of Information Technology of Mined, Fernando Ortega. Ortega described the technological tool as the best software of interactive whiteboard so far. Teachers will be trained on the use of interactive whiteboards and tablets, to achieve the necessary skills in Information Technology and Communications."

Cuban Activists Say Telecommunications Infrastructure Must Stay In Cuban Hands  3/17/2016 Real News: "Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, discusses how Cuban advocates for greater internet connectivity are not willing to open the country to U.S. corporations in exchange for internet access ."

Verizon reaches agreement to provide direct calls to Cuba  3/16/2016 OnCuba 

Cuban software developer wins hackathon with app that helps get Internet access  3/15/2016 Fox: "A software developer living in Cuba won the top prize at a contest organized in Miami for creators of "apps" to make the Internet accessible to the majority of Cubans. The developer has been identified only as "Kuma" to protect him from the communist island's authorities. The HeyCuba Hackathon attracted more than 100 contestants over the weekend, according to the organizers. Kuma's app, named Navegar, allows users to get access and navigation ability to any website, just like any other such app on the market."

Cuban innovation ready to explode into tech world  3/14/2016 USA Today: "Trade with Cuba could reach $13 billion a year if restrictions between the two countries are lifted, including the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and greatly expand the island’s outdated tech sector, according to a report led by J. Walter Intelligence, a global research group, which was released at the panel. The group spent nine month interviewing economists, industry leaders and journalists about the evolution of the Cuban economy and the prospect of business dealings with the U.S."

Empieza hoy en Miami la "Hackathon" para conectar a Cuba a internet  3/11/2016 Cibercuba: "Las soluciones tecnológicas que se desarrollen en el evento abordarán en gran medida "las comunicaciones y la información", según Pascual, además de herramientas de lectura de blogs y páginas de internet en correos electrónicos, y aplicaciones de educación a distancia. Entre los registrados figuran incluso participantes residentes en Cuba, quienes estarán conectados a través de chats y buscarán soluciones con sus pares en Miami, lo que convierte a este último en "un puente de conexión", de acuerdo con el organizador, un joven exiliado nacido en La Habana y que reside en EE.UU. hace cinco años."

Bloguero cubano se autocensura por presiones de funcionarios  3/11/2016 Cibercuba: "El pasado 7 de marzo el bloguero Ruslán Olivares Cúcalo publicaba un post en su perfil en Facebook y una última entrada en su blog El Colimador, donde anunciaba del cierre de su bitácora. Presiones de funcionarios “que vigilan la plataforma Cubava” obligaron, a Ruslán, conocido en la blogosfera cubana a tomar la decisión de abandonar la plataforma en la que se había expresado y había compartido “noticias, entrevistas, fotorreportajes, convocatorias de eventos, documentos de archivo y un montón de cosas más” con sus seguidores."

In Cuba, Will the Revolution Be Digitized?  3/10/2016 The Nation: by Sujatha Fernandez - "US media depict the island as stuck in the digital dark ages, but Cuba has lively cultures of connectivity that could evolve into a self-sustaining, open, and accessible digital commons."

Especialista en Informática  3/9/2016 Cubarte: "por Víctor Ángel Fernández, Graduado de Licenciatura en Información Científico-Técnica en 1978 en la Universidad de La Habana. Especialista en computación con experiencia en programación de aplicacionesde uso general y para Internet. Profesor adjunto en la Universidad de La Habana y en el Instituto Internacional de Periodismo "José Martí"."

Los cubanos adoptan la era digital  3/7/2016 Progreso Semanal: "Algunas de las fotos de Palmera pudieron haber sido tomadas en casi cualquier ciudad moderna. En una, dos adolescentes están inclinados sobre dispositivos en la oscuridad, mientras la luz de la pantalla se refleja en sus rostros. En otra, una mujer se queda mirando su teléfono, los cables de los auriculares colgando. Adolescentes en ropa de colores pasan el tiempo en una plaza de la ciudad, conversando y escribiendo."

Cinco aplicaciones para facilitarle la vida a los wifinautas cubanos  3/7/2016 Cubadebate: "…para los usuarios de Nauta en Cuba todo se reduce a optimizar el tiempo. Leer correos, salvar lecturas, descargar videos, hablar con un familiar, revisar los muros de los amigos y actualizar Facebook, buscar información para el estudio o el trabajo… en el menor tiempo posible. Primero por esos precios casi prohibitivos de 2.00 CUC la hora, y segundo -y no menos importante- por la incomodidad que implica estar de pie/al sol en cualquiera de las confortables zonas wifi con las que contamos hoy."

La Unión de Informáticos de Cuba quedó constituida  3/7/2016 Cubadebate: "En horas de la tarde de este lunes, el Primer Vicepresidente Miguel Díaz-Canel dejó constituida la Unión de Informáticos de Cuba (UIC), bajo la dirección de la Doctora en Ciencias Ailyn Febles Estrada. Tras el proceso de votación efectuado en el Palacio de las Convenciones de la capital cubana, la junta directiva de la Unión de Informáticos presentó también a la vicepresidenta primera, Máster María Esther Alfonso Suárez, además de otros tres vicepresidentes y cuatro vocales."

Sesionará asamblea constitutiva de la Unión de Informáticos de Cuba  3/4/2016 Cubadebate: "“La UIC hará muchos aportes al proceso de informatización, porque el primer recurso importante para desarrollar este sector es el humano, es el conocimiento y la preparación. Es necesario tener identificado a los trabajadores del sector, saber dónde están, qué están haciendo, qué conocen. Esto tributará a hacer un uso más eficiente de los recursos humanos en el proceso de informatización”, explicó en conferencia de prensa efectuada en el Ministerio de las Comunicaciones, Ailyn Febles Estrada, vicerrectora de la Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas y presidenta del Comité Organizador de la UIC."

Cuban film depicts Internet crisis  2/25/2016 New Britain Herald: "A resident of Havana, Cuba, La Red creates award-winning documentary films in a country where access to the Internet and most other forms of technology are severely limited. La Red, 36, explores the issue of access in her most recent film, “Off_Line,” screened Thursday night at Central Connecticut State University in partnership with the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center."

Internet en Cuba: ¿qué pasará con los softwares piratas?  2/24/2016 Cubanet: "Según la Oficina Nacional de Estadística e Información (ONEI), la mayoría de las computadoras en Cuba emplean Microsoft Windows y la mayoría de los usuarios utiliza Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop y otros programas, sin autorización de sus propietarios."

Cuba: un `régimen que prohíbe Internet´ llevándolo ahora… ¿a los hogares  2/22/2016 Kaos en la red: "Hace unos días, la telefónica estatal cubana ETECSA anunciaba que, en 2016, el país contará con 80 nuevas áreas WiFi en parques públicos, 30 de ellas en La Habana. También que serán abiertas 100 nuevas salas de navegación bajo techo. Actualmente son 700 los espacios públicos con acceso a Internet. También anunciaba que, en un plazo no muy lejano, la compañía instalará el servicio de WiFi en las cafeterías, bares y restaurantes –estatales o privados- que lo soliciten."

How Obama Could Bring Internet to Cuba  2/18/2016 Inverse: "After meeting twice with Cuban officials in Havana, Daniel Sepúlveda, the U.S. point man working to get telecom into the country, told The Miami Herald that “at this point, the biggest thing that is missing is trust.”"

La clave del internet en Cuba está en un papelito  2/12/2016 Marti Noticias: "La única aplicación que permite hacer videollamadas desde Cuba es Imo. Por alguna razón el Gobierno de Raúl Castro no la restringe, como lo hace con el resto de aplicaciones que ofrecen este tipo de servicios."

New era as Miami human rights group, Cuba joust over Internet logo  2/11/2016 Miami Herald: "In some of ETECSA’s recent infographics to publicize its own effort to expand Internet access in Cuba, it uses a stylized Wi-Fi symbol that incorporates the colors of the Cuban flag. FHRC said it is the very same logo it created in 2013 and trademarked on May 20, 2014, to use in its Connect Cuba (Conecta Cuba) campaign."

Cuba's Internet isolation beginning to lift  2/10/2016 CNN: "The pilot projects will allow residents in Habana Vieja to order broadband through fiber-optic connections operated by Chinese telecommunications provider, Huawei. To be clear, we are far from walking the winding streets of Havana glued to our smartphones. But we are witnessing a beginning to the end of Cuba's status as a country with one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in the hemisphere -- and world."

Cuba tendrá más salas públicas de Internet y zonas de WiFi  2/8/2016 Minuto Uno: "Cuba ampliará su servicio de Internet en la Isla este año. Así lo confirmó la empresa estatal de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (Etecsa), que indicó que se abrirán 100 nuevas salas de Internet, la instalación de 17.000 teléfonos fijos y la creará 80 espacios públicos de wifi gratuito."

Cuba y el fantasma de la Internet  2/8/2016 Marti Noticias: "Seguramente nada mencionó la parte cubana en esa reunión acerca de las ¾ partes de la potencialidad del cable submarino venezolano dejadas sin explotar deliberadamente durante casi una década, y disimuló o evadió cuanto pudo cualquier alusión a las propuestas concretas hechas en más de una ocasión por empresas norteamericanas para hacer inversiones concretas en la isla, que a corto plazo harían asequible el servicio de Internet para el cubano de a pie y mejorarían ostensiblemente el servicio de telefonía en la isla." [Puede ser que hablan del periodo de 2011, cuando pusieron el cable, hasta 2015 cuando por fin cambiaron el trafico por satelite y lo pusieron en el cable.]

Personal docente y de la Salud con Internet en los hogares  2/8/2016 Granma: "A casi 5 000 ascienden los usuarios de los sectores de la Salud y Educación con acceso a Internet desde sus hogares, mediante la Plataforma de Acceso Público (PAP) de la Empresa de Tele­co­mu­nicaciones de Cuba S.A. (Etecsa), como parte de las nuevas estrategias del proceso de informatización de la sociedad cubana."

“Cuban Twitter” Might Hold Key to Cuba’s Reluctance in Telecom Talks  2/5/2016 Cuba Journal: "In an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, highlighted the fact that the discovery of ZunZuneo had the potential to backfire, but that the economic need for digital expansion in Cuba would not cause the Cuban government to take drastic action to cut off the island’s connectivity."

Weekly Chart: Cuba's Internet Black Hole  2/4/2016 AS COA: "As of January 2016, Cuba has lofty plans to connect 50 percent of homes with broadband Internet by 2020. Across the Americas, household Internet access stands at 60 percent. But in 2014, just 3.4 percent of Cubans had Internet at home. Overall, Internet users amount to 25.7 percent of the Cuban population. That includes Cubans surfing on the national intranet that is restricted to local websites, and which costs $0.60 an hour to use in public Wi-Fi spots, as opposed to $2 per hour for the World Wide Web. Either way, the cost is significant in a country where the average monthly wage is $20."

Versalles será un barrio tecnológico, según proyecto de Santiago de Cuba  2/4/2016 Cubadebate: "La Unión de Informáticos de Cuba (UIC) en la provincia de Santiago de Cuba lidera la creación de un “barrio tecnológico” en el reparto Versalles. El objetivo es elevar la calidad de vida de la población y de los servicios mediante el uso de la tecnología. Román Román, presidente de la UIC en el territorio, declaró que el proyecto pretende crear una wi-fi con vistas al acceso a las redes sociales, aplicaciones para móviles, informaciones de periódicos, centros de producción y servicios, cuentapropistas o trámites de los 41 objetivos económicos presentes en ese reparto."

Cuba’s Tech and Startup Scenes – on the Verge of Connection  2/3/2016 Cuba Journal: "A little known facet of Cuban society is that they are believed to be the best-educated in Latin America, with the island nation graduating more than 4,000 IT engineers annually. Education, aspiration, a changing political and economic landscape."

Cuba announces broadband home internet project  2/1/2016 BBC: "The government has also said it will allow cafes, bars and restaurants to order broadband service. Currently, broadband home connection is legal only for diplomats and employees of foreign companies, a report said."

Silicon Island Rebooted: Cuba’s Information & Communications Technology Revolution  2/1/2016 Harvard International Review: "In 2002, the University of Information Sciences (Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas, or UCI) was founded—ironically, on the site of a Cold War Soviet signals intelligence base—to educate the vanguard of the Cuban ICT revolution. Since then, other Cuban universities have added technology sciences to their curricula, now graduating an average of 5,500 ICT engineers each year, a third of whom have earned masters or doctoral degrees. UCI alone has produced some 18,000 computer science graduates and created 15 software production centers working on a full cycle of research, development, and innovation. These centers deal with an array of issues such as free software, e-government, databases, images and digital signals, medical data, industrial computing, and citizen identification, among other applications."

ETECSA anuncia pruebas piloto para llevar internet a los hogares  1/31/2016 Cubadebate: "La capital contará con 30 nuevas zonas WiFi en el 2016, dos más por municipio, lo cual facilitará el acceso al servicio, comentó Odalys Rodríguez del Toro, directora de la División de La Habana de la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA). El objetivo para este año es tener tres parques con internet por municipio y llegar a otras zonas con gran afluencia de público. Además, la empresa comenzará a realizar una prueba piloto en aras de comenzar a llevar internet a los hogares."

ETECSA anuncia pruebas piloto para llevar internet a los hogares  1/31/2016 Cubadebate: "La capital contará con 30 nuevas zonas WiFi en el 2016, dos más por municipio, lo cual facilitará el acceso al servicio, comentó Odalys Rodríguez del Toro, directora de la División de La Habana de la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA). El objetivo para este año es tener tres parques con internet por municipio y llegar a otras zonas con gran afluencia de público. Además, la empresa comenzará a realizar una prueba piloto en aras de comenzar a llevar internet a los hogares."

FCC Removes Restrictions on U.S. Telecom Services in Cuba  1/18/2016 Latinone: the true source of "Cuban government internet restrictions": "Before Friday, service providers were required to get separate approval from the FCC before conducting services in Cuba. The Caribbean island's population of approximately 11 million has just one modern, fixed Internet connection to the rest of the globe, the Wall Street Journal wrote. This means that Cuba is ready for new infrastructure investment."

Revolución digitale: un cavo da Miami a L’Havana per collegare Cuba al Web  1/16/2016 Corriere della sera: "La rivoluzione digitale non ha ancora attecchito nella patria della Revolución. A Cuba la velocità di connessione a internet è estremamente lenta (circa 1,1 Mbps) e solo il 5 per cento della popolazione può navigare senza limitazioni. A poter accedere alla Rete (con le limitazioni) è un quarto della popolazione, uno dei tassi più bassi del mondo. Esiste solo un cavo sottomarino in fibra ottica che la collega al Venezuela, oltretutto vecchiotto e con una capacità parecchio limitata. Ciò nonostante, dopo la ripresa delle relazioni diplomatiche dell’estate scorsa tra il Paese dei fratelli Castro e l’America di Obama, si aprono nuove opportunità: per spianare definitivamente la via del disgelo, il governo dell’Avana e quello di Washington stanno discutendo la posa di un cavo in fibra ottica che possa collegare l’isola comunista agli Usa, e al villaggio globale. "

Cuba to launch broadband home internet  1/2/2016 Belfast Telegraph, UK 


Links/Enlaces top

The Internet in Cuba

www.cybercuba.com 

Internet World Stats: Cuba
www.internetworldstats.com/car/cu.htm

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source

2000

60,000

11,124,665

0.5 %

US$ 2,535

ITU

2001

120,000

11,295,969

1.1 %

US$ 2,648

ITU

2006

190,000

11,365,124

1.7 %

US$ 3,059

ITU

2008

1,310,000

11,423,952

11.5 %

US$ 3,059

ITU

FACTS ABOUT CUBA and the INTERNET
CUBA DOMAIN NAMES for SALE
www.cubadomainsforsale.com/cuba-facts.html

www.uci.cu   Universidad de las Ciencias Informaticas

Cuba Internet Task Force, US State Department
"As directed in the June 16, 2017, National Security Presidential Memorandum “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the Department of State created the Cuba Internet Task Force (CITF) to examine the technological challenges and opportunities for expanding Internet access and freedom of expression in Cuba. " [As if the only cause of the lack of internet access wasn't the blockade... This site hosts comments on task force public meetings.]
www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/cu/citf/index.htm

Cuban entrepeneurs

www.cubazon.com/test/  - Expected to go live before the end of the year, Cubazon will process credit-card payments outside of Cuba and then wire money through the same network used by Cubans abroad to send money to relatives back home to pay the local Cuban business, such as a flower shop or bakery, to make and deliver the gift.

www.cubaoutsource.com - Cuba, Chile, US

Recharge cellphones in Cuba  - www.fonoma.com

www.kehaypahoy.com

www.merchise.com
support for startups

www.ninjacuba.com - La red de profesionales de Cuba

The State Department's Section 515.582 List, 4/22/2016 Provides the regulatory support for hiring independent Cuban programmers.    [Version español]

"In accordance with the policy changes announced by the President on December 17, 2014, to further engage and empower the Cuban people, Section 515.582 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31 CFR Part 515 – the CACR) authorizes the importation into the United States of certain goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs as determined by the State Department as set forth on the Section 515.582 List, below. [The entrepreneur cannot also work for any Cuban government entity.]

...The goods whose import is authorized by Section 515.582 are goods produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs, as demonstrated by documentary evidence, that are imported into the United States, except for goods specified in the following sections/chapters of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

...The authorized services pursuant to 31 CFR 515.582 are services supplied by an independent Cuban entrepreneur in Cuba, as demonstrated by documentary evidence. Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction engaging in import transactions involving services supplied by an independent Cuban entrepreneur pursuant to § 515.582 are required to obtain documentary evidence that demonstrates the entrepreneur’s independent status, such as a copy of a license to be self-employed issued by the Cuban government or, in the case of an entity, evidence that demonstrates that the entrepreneur is a private entity that is not owned or controlled by the Cuban government. Supply of services must comply with other applicable state and federal laws."

Cuba's Tech Revolutionaries - photo archive
www.forbes.com/pictures/giik45igk/cubas-tech-revolutionar/#74c5b6b22436
 

Supportive US companies & foundations

enerivisions.com/cuba-initiatives/

en.innovadores.us
 

Community Computing

Community Computing and Cuba

Los Joven Club de Computación y Electrónica (JCCE)  www.jovenclub.cu  [Fueron cerado despues de "problemas" con su contenido]

No More “Droplets of Internet” for the Cuban People: Let’s Tear Down the Cyber Wall, Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba

 

US interference

DAI Contractor Arrested in Cuba

Psychological Warfare Operations against Cuba

USAID/NED/State Department Companies
running projects in post December 2014 Cuba - many of these involve Internet

Yoani Sánchez, her rise and how it was financed

10x10KCUBA - An International Call To Innovation For Cuban Entrepreneurs
 

Anti Cuba US Companies

Millenium Corporation

Development Alternatives, Inc

Regional


Cyber Dissidence

www.afrocubanforum.org/ciberbarrio.html
Ciberbarrio es nuestra página para tratar el tema de las nuevas tecnologías y como el Afro Cuban Forum se está ocupando del asunto. Porqué es tan importante para nosotros ese tema, que merita que le dediquemos una página en nuestro website ? Porque en Cuba tenemos un profundo problema de brecha digital que excluye aún más al cubano de a pié .  Cuba es el país del hemisferio occidental con la más baja penetración Internet. Peor que en Haiti !!!

omnizonafranca.blogspot.com

Rafel Campoamor

 

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