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Update to post on Cuba's initial Internet connection
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Jesus Martinez has sent a note commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Cuba's connection to the Internet. In it he notes a number of achievements during that time, but he acknowledges the connectivity gap between Cuba and other nations in the region and calls for the use of technology by and for the benefit of all -- "the last mile is not the business, home or individual, these are the very first mile".

You can download a copy of Jesus' 20th anniversary note (shown below) and his original Internet connection announcement twenty years ago, here.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2011/02/cubas-first-internet-connection.html

#Cuba #Internet #ICT4D
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Update to post on ETECSA public access

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/01/year-end-interview-of-president-of.html

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I have noted inconsistency in the number of public access points claimed by the Cuban Ministry of Communication and ETECSA, so I checked the ETECSA connectivity page for clarification. They list 259 public access rooms with a total of 921 computers, as shown below.

ETECSA and the Ministry of Communication seem to agree that there will be at least 655 public access spots in ETECSA navigation rooms, Youth Computer Clubs, hotels and airports by the end of this year. I don't know how many are in hotels and airports, but the navigation rooms and Youth Computer Club installations shown here are well below that target.

The Ministry of Communication also said they now have 125 WiFi hotspots, but ETECSA lists 178. (They are silent on the characteristics of each -- for example, on whether the backhaul capacity from each is the same).

Some time ago, I noted that the roles of ETECSA and the Ministry of Communication with respect to the Internet are unclear. So are the statistics.

#Cuba   #ICT4d   #Internet  
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Update to post on the role of the Internet during the 1991 Soviet coup attempt
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Slate has published a relatively long post entitled "An act of courage on the Soviet Internet" on RELCOM's role during the Soviet Coup attempt of 1991. The article describes my involvement at the time, but fails to link to the archive of the network traffic and other material, which is available to historians and others interested in the event.

I believe this was the first example of active citizen journalism involving the Internet. The Internet has given us a means of documenting historical events in detail -- "big data" for historians. We need a mechanism for discovering and preserving such archives.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2011/01/before-twitter-revolutions-there-was.html

#russia   #internet   #journalism  
The first example of relatively large-scale citizen journalism online was during the August 1991 coup attempt by eight high-level Soviet officials. There were two days of confrontation between demonstrators and troops, during which all Russian media except Usenet news groups were shut down by ...
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*Uber will test driverless cars in Pittsburgh. There will be an Uber driver at the wheel to take over if necessary, Downtown Pittsburgh only,

http://linkis.com/www.bloomberg.com/ne/7CnYh

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The company’s fleet of robotic cars will be supervised by humans in the driver’s seat.
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10x10kCuba is an international competition seeking to help talented programmers and entrepreneurs in Cuba by providing winners with the resources and means to advance their businesses. They have received 88 applications from around the island.

http://www.10x10kcuba.com/applicantprofiles/

#Cuba #ICT4d #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur #startup
APPLICANT PROFILES / PERFILES DE CANDIDATOS
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Update to post on the state of the Cuban Internet -- disappointing progress since December 2014
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Last month, vice minister of communications Wilfredo González Vidal reportedly announced that they planned to have 655 public access locations in Youth Computer Clubs, hotel and airports by the end of this year. He also said they now have 125 WiFi hotspots.

But, at the end of last year, Maya Arevich Marín, president of ETECSA said there were already 700 public access points in navigation rooms, cyber-cafes, hotels and airports (see above).

Perhaps I misunderstood -- my Spanish is bad at best -- maybe the vice minister was saying they would add 655 new public access points. Here is the quote: "Los planes para ampliar el acceso público a internet prevén el aumento de capacidades con un total de 655 instalaciones a finales de este año" (my italics).

Regardless, proud announcements of such low numbers are discouraging. It is reminiscent the highly publicized offerings of the artist Kcho. What he did was fine, but it is an inconsequential drop in the bucket in a nation of over 11 million people.

By the end of the year, two years will have passed since the beginning of rapprochement between the US and Cuba. The Internet-related announcements made at the time of President Obama's visit to Cuba have turned out to have been little more than public relations. Citmatel is embarrassingly out of touch with their goofy software and content offerings. Etc.

If I saw evidence of serious long range planning for "leapfrogging" today's technology and policy, I would understand a slow, stop-gap approach to public access, but I don't.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/01/year-end-interview-of-president-of.html

#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D   #TIC   #ETECSA  
Maya Arevich Marín has been president of ETECSA for four years. The following are a few points from a recent year-end interview. Internet access was improved through the rollout of Nauta rooms, WiFi hotpsots and improved connectivity at institutions that are important to the society.
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Update to post on putting the Cuban Internet in context
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When I first wrote this post, Cuba had the second highest score on the UN Development Program Human Development Index (HDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean -- only Chile ranked higher. At the same time, Cuba had the worst Internet in the region, making the Cuban Internet a glaring outlier.

Cuba's HDI has slipped relative to the rest of the world since then. The 2015 Human Development Report shows that Cuba has fallen to ninth in Latin America and the Caribbean and I suspect that it may drop further with the difficulty experienced by trading partner Venezuela. That being said, the Cuban Internet is still an outlier -- far too poorly developed given their economy and levels of health and education.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-cuban-internet-in-context.html

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Update to post on the contents of the March 16, 2016 edition of El Paquete Semanal
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I made a copy of the March 16 edition of El Paquete for John Graham-Cumming and he has taken a deeper dive into the contents of "The Cuban CDN" than I have. He summarizes what he sees in four categories:

+ The week's English and Spanish Magazines
+ Android Apps
+ TV, Films, Music and "Best Of"
+ Web Sites.

He also scanned for viruses and found a couple, but they would have been detected by the four-day old antivirus updates that were also in the distribution. I am surprised that the producers of El Paquete had not run the same scan, but am impressed by the currency of their updates.

One of the comments on his post also caught my eye. The commenter said each edition of El Paquete contains many files from the previous weeks and there is "only" about 200 GB of new material in each distribution. That's still a lot of work and bandwidth -- I wonder if they are able to do incremental updates when producing the master drives for each week.

Check out Graham-Cumming's post.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/05/inside-edition-of-el-paquete.html
#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4d  
I've been writing about El Paquete for some time, but had never seen a copy. This week, someone who will remain annonymous, gave me a copy of the Paquete from the week of March 16, 2016 and I've had a chance to poke around it a bit. As you see, it is not, as is usually claimed, a terabypte, ...
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Update to post on IBM/SoftLayer blocking Cuban traffic
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Amazon Web Services and Rackspace allow Cuban traffic and Google Cloud Platform and IBM/SoftLayer block it. (All of them seem to be in similar businesses).

Iroko Alejo says Envato, Themeforest, Attlassian and Schema.org are also blocked.

Paypal allows remittances to Cuba, but they stopped a message accompanying a payment because it contained the word "Cuba." (I wonder what other words they filter for).

Reading the US policy statements on Cuban sanctions (above), it seems like the administration favors Internet communication with Cuba and would be unlikely to prosecute any of these companies for sanctions violations.

I wonder why some companies are more cautious than others.

#Cuba   #freedomofspeech   #ICT4D   #Internet  
Cachivache Media recently reported that the Bitly URL-trimming service had stopped working in Cuba. Cubans had been using the service for several years, so this resulted in many broken links. Cachivache did not know what had happened, but published a traceroute that timed out at an Akamai router ...
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Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has worked in both industry and academia. He has been on the faculties of the University of Lund, Sweden and the University of Southern California, and worked for IBM and the System Development Corporation. 

He has consulted to over 40 industrial, government and non-governmental organizations including IBM, Apple, Philips, Sony, Hyundai, RAND, the World Bank, ITU, UNDP, USAID and UNCTAD.

He has worked on data processing, multi-processor operating systems, simulation, decision table translation, simulation of concept acquisition, multivariate data analysis, pattern recognition (discriminant analysis), study of problem solving behavior in executives, computer and network applications in education, computer art, teleconferencing, the history of computing and networking, local area networks, expert systems, software import/export, the study of the global diffusion of the Internet, enterprise networking strategy and applications, wireless networking, municipal networking, telecommunication policy, and IT literacy. He is currently creating a modular electronic text and just finished a study of the Internet in Cuba.

Dr. Press has been studying the global diffusion of the Internet, with an emphasis on policy and technology in developing nations, for over twenty years. He and his colleagues developed a framework to characterize the state of the Internet in a nation, and they, and others, have used this framework in many national case studies and surveys.

He has done studies of the Internet in Russia, Cuba, Chile, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, and Vietnam. He is currently working on a project in support of Cuban NGOs. This work has been supported by Rand, The International Telecommunication Union, SAIC, UNDP, UNCTAD, and the US State Department as well as governments in studied nations. Dr. Press was also an organizer and instructor in the World Bank/Internet Society workshops, which trained over 2,500 networking leaders from nearly every developing nation.

Dr. Press has been active in ACM and the Internet Society, published over 240 articles and reports (54 in ACM publications), written two books, edited two book series, and been an editor or contributing editor for several magazines, trade publications and academic journals. He is an active electronic publisher with several blogs, a Twitter stream and a Web site with over 45,000 files. 

He has received the CSUDH Outstanding Professor, Distinguished Teacher and Hyundai Outstanding Professor awards, his MBA and PhD in information processing are from UCLA, and he is a fitness nut who does an occasional triathlon and is a better free throw shooter than Shaquille O'neal.
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