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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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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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This article is a summary of a longer article in Science. Unfortunately, the full Science article is behind a paywall.
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Will normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country?
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One Senate bill hopes to delay liberalization while another hopes to improve the Cuban Internet.
Can you guess which one has bi-partisan (!) support?

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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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Is this supposed to be a positive development?
Protein-packed drinkable meals come in powder form, are inexpensive, and are quick and easy to make so tech workers don’t actually have to eat.
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I laugh about silicon valley and the drive to develop the next "app". Sure let's give up proper food to write software with a life span measured in days. They are so silly.
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Update to post on the Cuban startup community
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The Merchise Startup Circle meetup was held last Saturday and it was a success. Over fifty people came -- there would have been more if they had had more space (and a larger pizza and beer budget :-).  As shown here, two of the organizers, Alex Medina and Medarado Rodriguez welcomed the attendees (the third, Rodney Hernandez was out of the country and could not attend). 

More meetups are planned and you can see more tweets and photos from this one here.

#Cuba   #startup  #ITC4d
The first meetup of the Merchise Startup Circle will be held in Havana on May 23. The event is being organized by a couple of Cubans who have worked abroad and hope this is the first of many meetings for people interested in startups, tech and entrepreneurship.
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Cuban entrepreneurs wanting to sell online
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When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage – not so much for bathing suits but for bandwidth. The most
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Update to post on public Wifi hotspots
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New free, public-access WiFi hotspots are coming on line in Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus.

I wonder how many hotspots ETECSA plans to roll out. I am not sure whether these sites offer access to the Internet or the Cuban intranet and I don't know about connection speed and latency either.

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Adonis Ortiz chats with his father, who lives in the U.S., using a free Wi-Fi network at a center run by famed artist Kcho, in Havana, (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press). The Cuban artist Kcho received permission from the Cuban telecommunication monopoly ETECSA to provide free WiFi access to his ...
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Cuban professor and visitor at Harvard Elaine Diaz (@elainediaz2003) is planning a new publication to be distributed in the weekly "paquete" as well as online.
Does anyone reading this know how one gets material included in el paquete?
http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-does-one-post-material-on-cuban.html

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Only about 5 of people in Cuba have access to the Internet. Elaine Diaz has a creative news distribution strategy: "direct to packet."
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Professors, researchers and students at four universities will have Internet access.

No details -- like campus link speed -- were given, but this is a step in the right direction.

#Cuba   #highered   #highereducation   #ITC4d  
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Update to post on the women who programmed the ENIAC
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CIO Magazine has a post with links to photos and ancilary material on "Nine programming languages and the women who created them." The title is misleading -- the nine women were significant contribtors, but not the sole "creators" of the languages, but post itself makes that clear, citing other team members.
How some math-savvy women helped win World War II and became the first computer programmers. Stephen Cherry of IEEE Spectrum interviews LeAnn Erickson about the women who were hired to program the ENIAC just after World War II. The ENIAC was at the University of Pennsylvania and, during the war, ...
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Where are the productivity gains from tech?
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He has some points and miss others. Most of the gains are hidden or are in support of parts of the economy that didn't exist before. In general though much of the gains did not require a billion operations a second. Our automation efforts are often wasteful in computational resources, so we don't see Moore's law equivalent type gains.

It is only getting more lopsided. So many IoT efforts are taking about minimum requirements on par with servers from 1997. Until we refactor our tech stacks I don't see this improving.
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*Cuba will host a significant gathering of the regional Internet community next year. *

The Havana Convention Centre will host the 25th meeting of the Internet Addresses Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (Lacnic) from May 2 to 6, 2016.

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Cuba will host a significant gathering of the regional Internet community next year.  The Havana Convention Centre will host the 25th meeting of the Internet Addresses Registry for Latin A
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Also check this post for videos and links on the women who programmed the ENIAC:

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2014/09/recommended-podcast-women-who.html
 
Nine notable women who created or co-created important programming languages, from Kathleen Booth in 1950 to Christine Paulin-Mohring in 1991. (Opening each slide in a new tab is working for me, or refreshing the window for each slide.)
Here's the list:
1. ARC assembly: Kathleen Booth, 1950
"One of the very first assembly languages was created by Kathleen Booth in the U.K. The language was written for the ARC (Automatic Relay Calculator) computer, which Booth also helped to design and build."
2. Address: Kateryna Yushchenko, 1955
"the first to support indirect addressing, widely used in the Soviet Union for more than 20 years"
3. COBOL: Grace Hopper, 1959
"Hopper, while working on the UNIVAC system, had created the first compiler, known as A-0, and a number of other early high-level programming languages, such as ARITH-MATIC and B-0, also known as FLOW-MATIC"
4. FORMAC: Jean Sammet, 1962
"(FORmula MAnipulation Compiler), an extension of FORTRAN that was able to perform algebraic manipulations, became the first widely used language for doing symbolic mathematical computations."
5. Logo: Cynthia Solomon, 1967
"Solomon helped to develop this new language, named Logo, and guided its refinement by teaching it to 7th graders in the late 1960s. Solomon eventually joined M.I.T.’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and later oversaw the creation of Apple’s Logo implementation."
6. CLU: Barbara Liskov, 1974
"Through CLU Liskov introduced (or popularized) concepts such as abstract data types, iterators, and parallel assignment... CLU was never widely used, but it was hugely influential"
7. Smalltalk: Adele Goldberg, 1980
"Adele came up with a brilliant approach to teaching Smalltalk as an object-oriented language: the Joe Book. ... Adele came up with another brilliant stroke ... an intermediary between the vague ideas about the problem and the very detailed writing and debugging that had to be done to get it to run ... called design templates."
8. BBC BASIC: Sophie Wilson, 1981
"a new version of BASIC for the BBC Micro in under 16KB, that included features like named procedures and functions and IF-THEN-ELSE structures."
9. Coq: Christine Paulin-Mohring, 1991
"a new implementation based on the Calculus of Inductive Constructions and the language was renamed to Coq, in honor of Coquand. In addition to mathematical theorems, the Coq Proof Assistant System, as it known, is also used for software certification."
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