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Trapped in its history, beautiful Havana recalls the faded grandeur of Argentina and a Dick Tracy movie of automobiles.  With the goal of promoting a free and open Internet, Jared Cohen and I and two others traveled to Havana on a business visa (more on that later.)  Landing at Havana airport, the first airplane you see is a jet from Angola Airlines.  The Cuban people, modern and very well educated define the experience with a warmth that only Latin cultures express: tremendous music, food and entertainment (most of which we were not able to sample, more about that visa in a minute.)  Under Fidel Castro’s younger brother, Raoul, difficult economic conditions have brought many small liberalizing steps in the last few years.  There are now 187 professions where private employment is allowed (otherwise private jobs are not permitted), and cars and apartments are beginning to be tradeable with restrictions.

The two most successful parts of the Revolution, as they call it, is the universal health care free for all citizens with very good doctors, and the clear majority of women in the executive and managerial ranks in the country.  Almost all the leaders we met with were female, and one joked with us that the Revolution promised equality, the macho men didn’t like it but “they got used to it”, with a broad smile.  The least successful part of the Revolution has been economic development (not surprisingly) and it appeared to us a drop off in tourism and recent farm issues have made things somewhat worse in Cuba.  The broad topic of conversation in the country is the constant speculation of what the government will do next and what the course and path of liberalization will be.  We were told that there is a fight between more liberal and conservative leaders under Castro, and someone said that the military was becoming more involved in economic development.  A number of people said the eventual model of Cuba would be more like China or Vietnam than of Venezuela or Mexico.

The embargo now codified in the 1996 Helms Burton act defines everything for the US and Cuba (Cubans call this a “blockade” and a billboard described it as genocide).  The US govermnent classifies Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in the same class as North Korea, Syria, Iran and North Sudan.  Travel to the country is controlled by an US office called OFAC and under our license we were not permitted to do anything except business meetings where our hotel room had to be less than $100 per night and total expenses per diem of $188.00.  Not surprisingly there are many $99 hotel rooms in Havana.  These policies defy reason:  there are dozens of countries we call our allies and we are free to travel to that present much worse threats and concerns to the US than Cuba does in this decade.  Cubans believe this is largely a Florida domestic political issue, and that the Cuban-American youth all support normalization of relations along with the US business community.

If Cuba is trapped in the 1950’s, the Internet of Cuba is trapped in the 1990s.  About 20-25% of Cubans have phone lines but mostly subsidized land lines, and the cell phone infrastructure is very thin.  Approximately 3-4% of Cubans have access to the Internet in internet cafes and in certain universities.  The Internet is heavily censored and the infrastructure, which we toured, is made out of Chinese components.   The “blockade” makes absolutely no sense to US interests:  if you wish the country to modernize the best way to do this is to empower the citizens with smart phones (there are almost none today) and encourage freedom of expression and put information tools into the hands of Cubans directly.  The result of the “blockade” is that Asian infrastructure will become much harder to displace.  The technical community uses unlicensed versions of Windows (the US does not allow licenses to be purchased) and GNU Debian Linux on Asian hardware and using Firefox.  A small technical community exists around free Android and expect it to eventually spread.  As US firms cannot operate in Cuba, their Internet is more shaped by Cuban narrow interests than by global and open platforms.

We heard that Cuban youth are assembling informal mesh networks of wifi-routers, and thousands connect to these networks for file sharing and private messaging.  USB sticks form a type of “sneakernet”, where people hand hard to get information to each other and keep everyone up to date without any real access to the Internet.

The information restrictions make even less sense when you find out that Cuba imports a great deal of food from the US as compassionate trade.  The food imports to Cuba are important but so is importation of tools to Cuba for the development of a knowledge economy.

When you walk around Old Havana, you see beautifully restored facades that evoke the central role of Havana and the 1940s and 1950s.  The bright colored American cars from the 1950’s, converted to diesel and repaired by Cuban mechanics, give a sense of what Cuba must have been like before the revolution.  Walking around its possible to imagine a new Cuba, perhaps a leader of Latin America education, culture, and business.  Cuba will have to open its political and business economy, and the US will have to overcome our history and open the embargo.  Both countries have to do something that is hard to do politically, but it will be worth it.
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Yes you are correct there has been historically a lack of respect present in the relationship between the two nations. Cuban sovereignty was not respected and the use of military force by Batista to change the out come of the elections usurped the democratic process in Cuba which lead directly to the revolution. Unfortunately this and other actions gives the US little moral authority in Cuba.

All this being true, it dose not excuse the leadership of the revolution for the past 50 pluses years of mismanagement and the lack of the development of a truly egalitarian society with a social contact that allows for free expression and open opposition to the party line.

The absence of real debate has and will continue to weaken Cuba's ability to prosper and progress to its proper place in the global community of the 21st century.

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Made with Code, launching today, is a lot of things: a new site where girls can try coding via Blockly-based projects; a directory of after-school programs, clubs and other resources; profiles of women and girls who are achieving their dreams through computer science; and a $50 million commitment to programs that are attacking the gender gap in CS. This is important.
https://www.madewithcode.com/ #MadewithCode
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This service is not available in mycountry, :-(
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+Crystal Masters
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At the 25th anniversary, Poland is resurgent.  The solidarity movement from 25 years ago really did work, and the fall of communism followed by democracy a real solution for the people of Poland.  Rapid economic growth, the accession in to the European Union and membership in Nato are very much a part of of the proud national heritage now.  Poland today is very near to being a top-tier western european country, with modern everything except for one very large relic in the middle of Warsaw, a Palace of Culture straight from Moscow.  

Polish citizens and their leaders are assertive, and excited in a way the more mature European leaders seem to have forgotten.  In addition to being a historic figure for all of us, Lech Walesa is funny, charismatic and acerbic at the same time about the politicians now praising him.

After a wonderful day of Google announcements and a state dinner including President Obama, the new President of Ukraine, I found myself with the Crimean Tatars displaced by the Russians in Crimea and Mustafa Dzhemilev, a soviet dissident similar to Walesa.   Poor but rich in spirit, we rode the city bus to the event.

http://m.wiadomosci.gazeta.pl/wiadomosci/1,117915,16096204,Eric_Schmidt_o_Polsce__To_inny_kraj_niz_wszystkie.html
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Prezes Google podczas wizyty w Polsce zaprzyjaźnił się z delegacją krymskich Tatarów, z którymi jeździł po Warszawie autobusem. - Polska to inny kraj niż wszystkie w Europie - mówi w rozmowie z serwisem 300polityka.pl.
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U wer a brilliant ceo . Keep it up. 
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Mary Meeker always does a fantastic job on this analysis and this years report is as good as ever; well worth reading.

http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends
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trend lines starting from at the milinneum transition peaks are a bit odd.
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Boston Dynamics (now part of Google) is simply really cool.. they are world experts on dynamic balancing robots that should be able to help us carry things and work in tough environments.  Funded by DARPA, this MIT spinoff has spent more than two decades developing dynamic systems that in real time handle almost any challenge.  

The new LS3 Quadriped.. autonomous and capable of following a leader on foot

LS3 - Legged Squad Support System

The new Atlas biped…. able to walk sometimes better than a human

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In case you missed them, be sure to check out the highlights from a great day for Google developers. From Android Auto to Android Wear to new technology for the television, it's going to be a fascinating year.

Particularly excited about Android One, launching in India this fall: affordable smartphone technology for the next billion.

http://goo.gl/1QEzBv #io14
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Ye, i am a Google lover, since day one i love it..... yes.. until now... i work with all there programs... and you know what... :-( my phone is stolen.. Andre have a problem.. yes... the one who steel my phone... yes... this guy do on this moment the marketing of the biggest growing compagnes like Apple and mutch more... Ayway.. Erik Smith... solve my fucked up problem please!!!
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It's been one year since the first Snowden revelations. The Senate has the chance to lead here.
 
Great to be arguing as an industry for surveillance reform.  It really is time for action and the US needs to lead the way.


https://www.reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/USAFreedomAct


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It has been 10 years for myself. I don't see the Senate taking the lead. I feel I'm making great leaps and bounds with Our Creator's undivided attention, true testimonial disclosure by the Senate may put them at the Exit. 
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Seventy years later, Auschwitz and Birkenau are haunting to everyone who visits.  In Southern Poland near Krakow, and now surrounded by modern Europe, is a reminder of how truly savage people can be and how evil the Nazis were.  Nothing prepares you for the reality of being there, even though all of us know most of the details from film and school and our religions.    I went after reading Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning" about life in the camp, well worth the read.

Auschwitz was based in a military barracks, and became an extermination camp between 1941-1945.  Birkenau, nearby, was added and is much bigger.  At least 1.1 Million people were murdered here, and it is almost certainly the largest place of death on earth.   The relatively few who were in the camps were treated in the ways we know: no food, constant work, constant illness and death.

To stand at the end of the train line, next to the (now destroyed) Crematorium, where people exited the train and were gassed and burnt in ovens within 100 meters, is not something I will ever forget.  

I left the visit with only one hope:  that the modern connectivity and connected world we live in would detect this type of monstrous act much earlier, and future generations will make sure this never happens again.

"The Internet has been this miraculous conduit to the undeniable truth to the Holocaust." --- Steven Spielberg

A great place to donate your money for preservation and education is http://www.preservememory.org/
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All I can say to that, Bonnie, is YES. It is a life-changing experience. Devastating, of course. And also incredibly important. A reminder of how precious freedom is and how it must be safeguarded. And a reminder of what truly matters in life. And it sure as hell isn't whatever was occupying my mind over the last six hours. I wish you the best and hope you get to go soon. 
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Very important news. The EPA's proposal would mean more clean energy for Google's buildings and data centers. http://goo.gl/K4iRHk
A plan that offers the states a menu of policy options could also lead to a patchwork of rules that frustrate businesses and invite resistance.
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Dear…
I would be much pleased if you can really help me. I know it is possible. Please I am using gmail since few years and I love it as much. Now, I have delated an email from November 2012. This email is for me so important, because of the fact, this email is for me a prove for my pension insurance. This email was demanded from  the supreme court. So I need it know at last for the district court!! Please, only you as google managment can help me. I know nothing in the universe will be lost, so also is the reality of technology…Please… Make me a surprise…Thank you…
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Even more proof that going to college is worth it.  Its the right reason for learning, for your income and its even a lot of fun.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/upshot/is-college-worth-it-clearly-new-data-say.html?_r=0
The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else rose to a record high last year, suggesting there are too few graduates.
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+Steve Spence I agree with you. Also, the pact of CEO applied by +Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs. To be honest, they just want to have a lots of slaves. ( http://pando.com/2014/01/23/the-techtopus-how-silicon-valleys-most-celebrated-ceos-conspired-to-drive-down-100000-tech-engineers-wages/) 
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Computer scientists and science advisors report on privacy and big data to the President:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_big_data_and_privacy_-_may_2014.pdf

Much discussion of data, privacy, security and the future of encryption, anonymization.  Worth reading the whole report.
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