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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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Update to post on the role of networked citizen journalism before the Internet

I've added material on Tienanmen Square.

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

#journalism   #internet    #citizenjournalism   #history  
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Update post on Cuban WiFi connectivity
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A second vendor, HablaCuba.com, is now is offering Nauta WiFi recharging online. I wonder how much revenue ETECSA earns from foreign purchase of telephone and WiFi access minutes.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/08/cuba-wifi-for-short-run-portable.html

#Cuba   #ICT4D  
Let me start with a look at today's Cuban WiFi, then turn to the question of portable and mobile connectivity in the long run. Nick Miroff has published a Washington Post article on the activity at one of the 35 new WiFi hotspots in Cuba. Here are a few observations from that and other articles ...
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Update to post on roaming in Cuba -- experience getting online in Cuba for Americans and Europeans (Scroll to the end of the post).

Bloomberg editor David Rocks reports that Americans can use Verizon Wireless roaming at a cost of $2.99 per minute for phone calls and $2.05 per megabyte of data. Sprint roaming is $2.49 a minute and $1.99 per megabyte of data. AT&T or T-Mobile users are out of luck.

For people with European cell service, the situation is better. The author was able to use his Vodafone account, The author was able to use voice and data, making voice calls using WhatsApp. He was even able to use his phone as a mobile hotspot and stream YouTube video to his laptop, although most of the time it was too slow for streaming.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/09/verizon-roaming-in-cuba-much-ado-about.html

#Cuba   #ICT4d   #Internet   #cellphone  
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Update to post on the MikroTik wireless network users meeting in Cuba
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The MikroTik wireless Internet users meeting was held on January 15th, but the location was moved at the last minute. Regardless, Diario de Cuba reported that 100 people attended the conference. 

They said the majority were Street Net adminstrators, but representatives of foreign firms, embassies and non-governmental organizations were also there. There were also attendees from universities (UCI and CUJAE), Banco Popular de Ahorro, the Youth Club, Copextel. customs officials and network specialists from the Ministry of Telecommunications.

Cuba should consider MikroTik offerings along with Ubiquity, Huawei and others -- fair, open competition will benefit the people.

If you missed the conference and have Internet access, you can see videos of five of the presentation here. Two on operating a wireless ISP and one on rural Internet installation in Portugal and Guinea Bissau seem to be quite relevant to Cuba.

Links to the videos and photos from the meeting are iat the end of the post.

#Cuba   #ICT4d   #Wifi   #Internet  
MikroTik is manufacturer of wireless communication systems that ETECSA, the Ministry of Communication, schools, universities, Infomed, etc. should be aware of. They will have a chance to meet MikroTik at a full-day conference in Havana on January 15th. (The conference is free, ...
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Update to post on home connectivity in Cuba
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ETECSA has announced a pilot home connectivity project in two Havana neighborhoods. The Associated Press report says Cubans in Old Havana will be able to "order service through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei."

I would be surprised if they are talking about fiber to the premises -- hybrid fiber/copper is more likely. They also said they would being allowing cafes, bars and restaurants to begin ordering broadband service. No dates or prices were given.

I have also heard from a reader that some casas particulares are offering Internet connectivity in Havana, but I do not know how they are connected or at what speed and cost.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-leaked-etecsa-presentation-on-home.html

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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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A short post on the Web site of Cuba's Ministry of Exterior Relations reports that a high-level US delegation went to Cuba to discuss telecommunication during January 20-22. The US delegation was led by Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International ...
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Update to post on the recent telecommunication delegation to Cuba
(At the end of the post).

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler has written a blog post on the trip to Cuba. I don't think he adds much of substance, but it is good to see Cuba on his mind and concludes that he came away from the trip with "a newfound understanding of both the opportunities and challenges facing Cuba in terms of communications technology and access."

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his participation in the trip was that he met with students and bloggers as well as government officials and executives of state enterprises. Here he is shown with the Cuban bloggers shown below.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-second-high-level-us-delegation-to.html

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A short post on the Web site of Cuba's Ministry of Exterior Relations reports that a high-level US delegation went to Cuba to discuss telecommunication during January 20-22. The US delegation was led by Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International ...
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Update to year end report of the ETECSA president -- another press conference 
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ETECSA officals held a press conference yesterday. Here is some of what they said. (My comments are in parenthesis).

At the end of the year there were 3.3 million mobile accounts. (Mobile Internet access is primarily used for personal communication and entertainment, not content creation or productivity applications).

They acknowledge and are working on peak load problems.

Rates have been reduced. (But they remain high enough to create a digital divide within Cuba).

They cautioned that the Old Havana pilot study was only a trial.

There are now agents selling telecommunication cards and recharge coupons (but not satellite access, which US operators are now allowed to provide).

They acknowledged that some of the public access hotspots were in inappropriate locations.

100 cellular base stations will be upgraded from 2G to 3G during the first half of 2016. (How many base stations are there alltogether, what percent of the population will have 3G coverage at their homes and offices and why 3G)?

They will establish 80 new public WiFi hotspots this year and offer a variety of handsets for sale. (Is ETECSA the sole vendor for handsets)?

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

#Cuba   #ICT4D   #ETECSA  
Maya Arevich Marín has been president of ETECSA for four years. The following are a few points from a recent year-end interview. Interent 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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Laptop repair, software, content creation, consulting -- a jack of all trades
A struggling, but cool sounding company.


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A small company in the heart of Havana has been struggling to remain afloat and push its projects forward since October of 2012. Liber Puente Baro of TostoneT says “Self-employment is tacitly recognized in Cuba," while noting the obstacles are considerable.
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Update to post on the redundancy of ad-supported news
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I have a longstanding interest in satellite Internet connectivity for developing nations, so have been watching SpaceX's attempts at recovering booster rockets. They tried for the third time to recover a rocket on a drone barge at sea on January 17, but failed. I watched the launch webcast and posted a note on the failure the following morning.

Since I am interested in the topic, I have subscribed to "Musk-Satellite" Goggle Alerts, and at 10:08 Sunday morning, I received one on a Washington Post article entitled "Elon Musk's SpaceX to attempt another rocket landing. This time with a twist." 

Judging by the title, the article had been written before it was known that the attempt had failed, but it now says the landing failed and includes several tweets time stamped after 10:08 AM. Evidently, the story was revised after it was first posted.

But, that was just the first Google alert -- I have received 158 more since then, many of which link to two or three articles on the failed recapture. I've looked at several of these articles -- they provide no additional analysis. 

They are slowing down now -- I have only received two so far today. By the time these Alerts stop, I will have received links to hundreds of redundant articles, and thousands of ad impressions.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2015/09/is-internet-news-inevitably.html
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Cycling along the Malecon -- photo gallery and a poem

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Like music, I believe that the existential qualities of cycling lead to a sense of community rooted in the unconscious. It was this sense of community that I felt as I photographed the riders gracefully working their way around the Malecón loop that bright yet hazy morning. (21 photos)
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Foto: Taylor Torres Escalona Por Norges C. Rodríguez Almiñán Hace unos días el New York Times publicó un artículo en el que analizaba el tema del acceso a Internet en Cuba. Yo he leído con de...
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