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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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Has #Google  blown it?
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I got a copy of El Paquete Semanal from last March and spent some time looking through it. This post contains some of my observations.

#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 Chinese control of the Internet
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Gary King and his colleagues have published a study in which they estimate that Chinese government workers fabricate about 488 million social media posts annually.

The workers write these posts in addition to their regular jobs and send copies to a government propaganda office.

King estimates that about one in every 178 comments on Chinese social media sites is fabricated by the government, but they are not distributed uniformly over time. As shown below, their strategy is to increase post frequency in response to specific threats or events and nearly stop at other times.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2014/09/censorship-and-being-skeptical-of.html

#China   #freedomofspeech   #privacy  
This morning my Google Plus feed included a link to a video posted by Moshe Vardi on Chinese Internet censorship during the run up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations. I am going to use it in class as an example of government censorship, but, more important, ...
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Update to post on the Cuban startup community and the Merchise Circle
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Merchise has been organizing startup activities and meetups in Havana and is in a partnership with Stripe to help Cuban entrepreneurs export their goods and services -- commercial activity. But, they began as a programming research group and are now returning to their roots as organizers of MonadLibre V2016, a conference on functional programming, in August. I've not followed functional programming since playing a little with LISP as a student, but they seem to have invited a number of well known speakers from Haskell and related communities.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/05/will-cuban-start-up-community-thrive.html

#Cuba   #Haskell   #internet   #ict4d  
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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Cubans and the Panama Papers

Officials from Cuba’s Communist party used a Swiss lawyer to establish offshore companies for their global business activities, the so-called Panama Papers have revealed.

The unprecedented leak of 11.5 million tax documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama exposed the offshore holdings and financial transactions of heads of state, officials and celebrities around the world.

Although Cuban law does not include any specific legislation on state officials and offshore interests, such dealings are frowned upon in the strictly communist country....

Full article at:
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/cuban-officials-panama-papers

#Cuba   #panamapapers  
Officials from Cuba’s Communist party used a Swiss lawyer to establish offshore companies for their global business activities, the so-called Panama Papers have revealed. The unprecedented leak of 11.5 million tax documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama exposed the offshore holdings and financial transactions of heads of state, officials and celebrities around the world. Although Cuban law does not include any specific legislation...
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Update to post on the legality of importing Cuban apps and programming services into the US.
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While there may be some ambiguity with respect to software products like mobile apps, there is none with respect to software services, which I assume includes offshore programming. The State Department's Section 525.582 List of Goods and Services Eligible for Importation states that U. S. citizens may import services provided by independent Cuban entrepreneurs with licenses to be self-employed issued by the Cuban government.

I personally know a Cuban who has obtained a license as an independent computer programmer and I am confident that there are others. This document seems to make it clear that software written by my friend or other Cubans with computer programmer licenses could be leally imported into the U. S. It does not apply to programs written by employees of Cuban state software companies.

The same holds for "entities" that are not owned or controlled in whole or in part by the Cuban government. That would seem to allow a licensed computer programmer to hire employees for offshore programming or for a licensed Cuban cooperative to do offshore programming.

(Posts related to this topic)

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/10/trying-to-clarify-latest-u-s-opening-to.html

#Cuba   #offshore   #import
One way to get clarification is to offer some Cuban software for sale and see what happens -- in the U. S. and in Cuba. Last September, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) eased restrictions on trade with Cuba. Restrictions were reduced in many areas -- travel, commercial and financial ...
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Facebook and Microsoft are laying a 6,600 kilometer, 160 terabit per second transatlantic cable

That's a pretty big step up from my first net connection using a 110 bit per second Teletype.

http://www.wired.com/2016/05/facebook-microsoft-laying-giant-cable-across-atlantic/

#Microsoft   #facebook   #communication  
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After kicking it around with colleagues, I've revised my earlier post on the (admittedly unlikely) idea of a legitimate street net as part of Cuba's short-term Internet infrastructure.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/03/might-cubas-street-net-snet-become.html

#Cuba   #Internet  #ICT4d
In earlier posts, I have described Cuba's community mesh network, Street Net (SNET), and its relationship to the government. Cachivache Media has just published a post (in Spanish) on SNET, adding to my earlier description and suggesting that the government may legitimatize it.
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Update to post on Cuban tech startups
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Cuba is going to legalize small and medium sized businesses, but there are many open questions -- what is the difference between a small business and a cooperative or a self-employed person who hires others, what about taxes, can someone who is not a Cuban to make an equity investment in a small business, could a small business own an office space and hire Cubans directly, how small must a business be to qualify as "small or medium-sized," will they be allowed to compete with state-owned enterprises, etc.

For a tech-related example -- could a non-Cuban provide capital to establish an offshore programming business in Cuba? Cuba already allows self-employed computer programmers -- has this law changed anything for them?

The answer to such questions may become clearer when Cuba's National Assembly approves the proposed law.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/05/will-cuban-start-up-community-thrive.html

#Cuba   #startup   #ICT4d   #internet  
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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Update to post on Alan Gross's talk at the National Press Club
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Alan Gross, who spent five years in prison in Cuba for bringing in portable satellite equipment, has given an interview in which he talks in some detail about what he did and did not do.

The video shown below (link in post) shows a user setting up a portable satellite ground station like those Gross carried into Cuba. As you see, it is highly portable and is set up in about three minutes.

In the interview, Gross describes the moment at which you lock onto a satellite signal after adjusting the antenna alignment:

"When you lock onto the satellite you've lit a candle. It's a feeling of elation. After I did it the first time, that's all I wanted to do. Go around the world lighting candles."

He's good man!

(For more on Alan Gross, what he did and the politics surrounding his eventual release, follow the link at the end of the post).

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/03/excerpts-from-alan-gross-talk-at.html

#Cuba   #internet   #ICT4d   #Alangross  
Alan Gross spoke at the National Press Club and answered questions about his years in prison in Cuba. Although I have been covering the technical and political aspects of his case for years, he said a number of things I had not heard before. He spent the first year in prison confined to his cell ...
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Update to post on opportunities for video production in Cuba
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I've been speculating about the opportunity Netflix (and others) have for creating Spanish language video content in Cuba. Netflix was one of the first US companies to offer service (that no one could afford or access) in Cuba and they held an executive off-site meeting in Havana last month.

Well, here is some related speculation.

Dave Temkin, Netflix VP of Network Strategy and Architecture, posted an upbeat article on Cuba after their off-site meeting and returned for the LACNIC conference last week in Havana. Might Netflix (or Google) be thinking of building a data center in Cuba?

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/05/hollywood-comes-to-havana-what-about.html

#Cuba   #Netflix   #ICT4d  
American movie companies are shooting in Cuba. When will Netflix, Google, Amazon, Hulu and "Hollywood" begin producing content in Cuba? The movie Fast and Furious has been filming in Cuba and Papa Hemingway in Cuba, a biography of Ernest Hemingway, which was filmed in Cuba in 2014, ...
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Gmail now flags unencrypted messages. ETECSA's Nauta email is not encrypted. What a surprise :-).

#Cuba   #encryption   #gmail
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