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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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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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Update to post on call roaming in Cuba

T-Mobile now offers roaming in Cuba. Sprint and Verizon already offer Cuban roaming and AT&T is negotiating a roaming agreement with ETECSA. But, roaming is not the Internet.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/03/verizons-roaming-agreement-is-nice-but.html

#Cuba   #tmobile   #ICT4d  
Verizon and Sprint both offer mobile roaming in Cuba, and Verizon has just signed a direct-connection agreement. I am frankly not sure what the difference is between a "direct-connection" and their earlier "roaming" agreement, but it sounds like simpler routing, eliminating middle-man networks.
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Update to post on reusable rockets for satellite Internet
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SpaceX does it again -- lands a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge at sea for the second time! If they can do this routinely, it will dramatically cutting the cost of space projects, including their effort to put a constellation of Internet access satellites in orbit.

This landing was more difficult than the previous one because the rocket was launching a satellite into a higher orbit. That meant that it returned twice as fast -- 2 km/second rather than 1 km/second. That meant with 4 times the energy and 8 times the heat needed to decelerate it.

As shown in his before and after tweets (below), Elon Musk was not so sure this one would work out.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2015/02/tomorrows-spacex-launch-reusable-rocket.html

#elonmusk   #spacex   #falcon9   #internet  
At the Lagrangian point 1 (or L1), approximately one million miles from Earth, the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced, which provides a stable orbit that requires fewer orbital corrections for the spacecraft to remain in its operational location for a ...
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Google Hangouts on Air is a free video conferencing service for up to ten people. It differs from other video conferencing services in two ways -- an audience of unlimited size can watch the video conference while it is live and the session is automatically recorded and stored on YouTube when it ends.

My class and I recently tried two experiments using Hangouts -- having good students hold "office hours" and conducting a class online. We made some correctable mistakes, but the results were encouraging. For more on what we did and our assessment of the experiment, see:

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2016/05/experimenting-with-google-hangout.html

#edtech   #hangoutsonair   #teaching   #onlinetraining #highered   #highereducation   #education  
I teach a class on the applications, implications and technology of the Internet and a major theme running through the course is the use of the Internet as a tool for collaboration. As such, we tried two teaching experiments using Google Hangouts on Air (GHoA). (GHoA is a free video conferencing ...
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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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Connectivity at the LCANIC conference was fast and at the hotels slow. The Google-Kcho Center is much slower than initially reported. All of the connections were relatively symmetrical.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/05/high-speed-connectity-at-lacnic-in.html

#Cuba #internet    #ICT4D   #Lacnic25  
Connection speeds from the LACNIC 25 Conference, hotels and the Google-Kcho Center. The LACNIC 25 Conference was held at the Havana Convention Center (Palacio de Convenciones) this week and Doug Madory, a frequent contributor to this blog, was there and sent me speed tests from the Convention ...
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The guy who can tell you about that is Jesus Martinez -- I can give you his email address if you like.
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Politically correct rhetoric at a technical conference in Cuba

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In a recent post, I argued that the US embargo, the poor state of the Cuban economy and fear of free information had stifled the Cuban Internet at its inception in 1996, but that twenty years later, those constraints were significantly reduced. I suggested that the Cuban Internet was being held ...
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American movie companies are shooting in Cuba. When will Netflix, Google, Amazon, Hulu and "Hollywood" begin producing content in Cuba?

#Cuba   #ICT4d   #netflix   #amazon   #google   #hulu   #hollywood  
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, is now in theaters in the US. The Hemingway movie was shot before the December 2014 US-Cuba rapprochement began and more productions will probably ...
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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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