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Cuban Cyber Rebels Undermine Government Restrictions

All you need to be a modern Cuban rebel is a digital camera, a memory stick, and an underground internet connection. Today, the New York Times highlighted "cyber rebels," Cubans that are rendering state control of the internet ineffective.

In February, university students captured compromising video of the president of the National Assembly. When confronted by fervent students about Cuba's travel ban, the president answered that if everyone who wished to travel could, there would not be enough airspace for the planes. The absurd video spread like wildfire on the digital underground, damaging the party leader's reputation.

The article discusses other manifestations of dissent that are passing from "flash drive to flash drive." Officially, there is only one cyber cafe in Havana, which costs $5 per hour, one-third of the average Cuban monthly salary, but the people are effectively using the black market to get around the government's control.

The cyber rebels say that the underground internet is the only aspect of Cuban life not regulated by the state. Do you think that a swelling movement could eventually lead to more freedoms in Cuba? Or, do you think the government will react harshly, as the Iranians, who plan to shut off the internet completely during legislative elections.


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