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Works at CSUDH Internet applications, implications & technology, digital literacy, teaching, Internet in developing nations, IT history, old athletes, fitness nut.
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Four WiFi hotspots in Ciego de Avila.  I'd like to hear about actual user experience at any of the new hotspots.
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Ciego de Avila, June 29 (acn).- Cuba´s Etecsa Telecom Company has announced that the infrastructure for public WiFi connection to the Internet is ready in four hotspots in Central Ciego de Avila province.
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Update to post on why I admire Elon Musk -- his dark side
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"This post looks at 'the bad behavior of visionary leaders' and concludes that leaders like Musk, Jobs and Bezos could be more effective it they behaved better:

"The question raised by the stories of these three men is not whether being tough, harsh and relentlessly demanding gets people to work better. Of course it doesn’t, and certainly not sustainably. Can anyone truly doubt that people are productive in workplaces that help them to be healthier and happier?

The more apt question is how much more these men could have enhanced thousands of people’s lives – and perhaps made them even more successful — if they had invested as much in taking care of them as they did in conceiving great products."

I've personally been chewed out by the young Bill Gates and wonder whether he should not be added to this list.

#elonmusk   #stevejobs   #jeffbezos   #billgates   #leadership   #leaders  
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Update to post on home connectivity and the disappearnce of the Chiringadecuba Web site

Ted Henken told me that the problem with accessing Chiringadecuba.com may not have been government blocking but expiration of the domain name, and it seems he was correct.

I did a whois lookup and it turns out the domain expiration date was 2015-06-26. I then checked at the registrar, Name.com, and saw that chiringadecuba.com is not available. It sounds like it may have expired, but they are giving Perez a grace period within which to re-activate it. Since he would not have a US credit card, there may be some difficulty with that. 

Much ado about nothing?

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I don't criticize to knock the system down. On the contrary, I criticize to perfect the system. Carlos Alberto Pérez This post has taken several twists and turns. I started out to write a post commenting on an ETECSA PowerPoint presentation on their plan for home Internet connectivity.
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+Alam Brito Sorry -- not sure when I first heard of it or from who. Ted has a long way to go to catch up with you on blog comments.

Regardless, it was kind of depressing to think they might have blocked his blog and I am glad it was just the domain registration.
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Update to post on increased WiFi access in Cuba
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The photo of three Huawei WiFi antennae shown here is from the blog of Carlos Alberto Pérez, but his blog is no longer accessible online.

On June 23, Pérez published a leaked document -- a presentation on ETECSA's plan for home Internet connectivity. ETECSA has denied the validity of the leaked document, saying it was used for training. They said the tentative prices shown were incorrect, but did not retract the substance of the presentation, which shows plans to provide DSL service to some Cuban homes using Chinese equipment.

It seems likely that Pérez' blog was blocked because he published the leaked document.

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Do we see the outline of a future national fiber backbone? Luis Manuel Díaz Naranjo, ETECSA Director of Communications, has announced that during the coming weeks, they plan to roll out 35 WiFi access points. As shown here, they will be distributed throughout the island.
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Update to post on IT exports to Cuba
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An anonymous reader says I have understimated the size of the potential Cuban market for US IT goods and services and cites several examples.
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The Senate Finance Committee is investigating the impact of our trade restrictions with Cuba. I was asked to testify, and would appreciate feedback on this draft.

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+Alina Brouwer Please give me feedback -- there are links to it in Word or PDF format on the blog post:

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/06/what-is-effect-us-trade-restrictions-on.html

Thanks for your interest,
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Update to post on bi-partisan support for easing Cuban trade restrictions

Three more senators -- a Republican and two Democrats -- visit Cuba.

"Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island.

Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a trip to Cuba where they met First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and ordinary Cubans."

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The dueling bills are: The Cuban U.S. Claims Settlement Act: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced legislation that would require Cuba to address unsettled and unpaid legal claims with the U.S. before easing restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.
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Update to post on home connectivity in Cuba and the possible blocking of Chiringadecuba.com
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Chiringadecuba.com is online again and the expiration date has been extended till next year. My apologies to ETECSA for fearing that they may have blocked access.

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I don't criticize to knock the system down. On the contrary, I criticize to perfect the system. Carlos Alberto Pérez This post has taken several twists and turns. I started out to write a post commenting on an ETECSA PowerPoint presentation on their plan for home Internet connectivity.
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Discussion of a leaked presentation on ETECSA's plan for home connectivity in Cuba

The presentation was posted on the blog of Carlos Alberto Pérez, which has been blocked, but several people have posted copies at other locations. ETECSA has denied the validity of the presentation, but it gives clues as to what they plan. (They have publically committed to home connectivity).

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I don't criticize to knock the system down. On the contrary, I criticize to perfect the system. Carlos Alberto Pérez This post has taken several twists and turns. I started out to write a post commenting on an ETECSA PowerPoint presentation on their plan for home Internet connectivity.
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Update to post on OneWeb's satellite Internet project -- financing the project
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OneWeb has received $500 million in funding from a group that includes Airbus and is seeking to raise that much or more in their next round of funding. Previously announce partners Qualcomm (communication technology) and Virgin Glactic (launch services) are also investors.

Their plan will require an estimated $2-2.5 billion, and it does not seem they will have trouble rasing it. I'd like a few shares myself :-).

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The Airbus announcement raises a lot of questions, that are addressed in a terrific in-depth interview of. Brian Holz, OneWeb's Director of Space Systems. Holz talks about the reasons for producing the satellites in the US and the factors in choosing a factory location, the cost of the ...
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Update to post on things Google could do in Cuba -- mobile backhaul over O3b satellites?
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Last week, representatives of companies in the food and beverage, infrastructure, vehicles, insurance and international corporate law sectors visited Cuba and met with government officials, private entrepreneurs, cooperatives, journalists, economists, artists and members of the diplomatic community.

Two of the visitors, Brett Perlmutter of Google Ideas and Brehanna Zwart of Google Access and Energy, were from Google, and they reportedly came with a proposal. I don't know what they proposed, but they indicated that it was for mobile infrastructure. I've been speculating about things Google might do in Cuba -- why stop now?

Google has experience with fiber installation, both in Google fiber cities in the US and in Kampala Uganda where they have installed a wholesale fiber ring. Might they do the same in Havana or elsewhere? Google's fiber could be used for mobile backhaul. (Cuba is already rolling out WiFi hot spots in 16 cities).

But what about linking that to the Internet? It will be some time before there is a fiber path between Havana and the undersea cable at the east end of the island, but they could use O3b Network's high speed satellites. (Some time ago, I suggested that ETECSA use home satellites to reach rural areas).

This is total speculation -- I have no idea what Google proposed or what ETECSA is willing to allow, but it is fun to speculate. Going further into the future, how about Google Fiber in Havana?
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Commercially, Cuba is small potatoes to Google -- a mere 11 million potential users. But what of potential creators? Google is recruiting in another small nation, Israel -- will they be recruiting in Cuba some day? The other day, a journalist who was writing an article on Cuba contacted me to ...
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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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