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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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Lived in Lund, Sweden
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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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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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Advantages and potential problems for the nascent Cuban startup community
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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 returning Cuban expats who hope this is the first of many meetings for people interested in start-ups, tech and entrepreneurship. Can Cuba develop a vibrant tech start-up ...
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US will stop training independent journalists in the Havana Interests Section

Last week Raúl_Castro spoke out against classes being offered at the US Interests Section in Havana, saying we were offering illegal classes -- "graduating independent journalists." He said some of the training was deliverd via eleconferences from the United States and we gave students a "corresponding monthly payment." 

This week, we agreed to change our pro-democracy programs, which include courses in journalism and information technology 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/19/us-cuba-usa-talks-idUSKBN0O42JJ20150519 

This seems to have removed a stumbling block on the path to diplomatic relations, but a fight over ending the embargo is looming.

Senators  Marco Rubio of Florida and Louisiana’s David Vitter, introduced a bill that would make ending restrictions on travel and trade conditional on Cuba resolving billions of dollars in claims over property seized during the island’s communist revolution. The tide of public opinion seems to be against them, but the Republican congress may vote against anything President Obama favors regardless anyhow.

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The U.S. government has every right to promote democracy to a population that is desperately trying to shake off the shackles of totalitarianism. As usual, we have a despotic dictator making all the demands, and Obama making all the concessions. In the 2016 presidential elections, pro-democracy advocates have the opportunity to end this embarrassing Obama/Castro fiasco. Vote for freedom and integrity in the next U.S. elections!
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Update to post on Elon Musk
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You can read an excerpt from a forthcoming biography of Musk here. It's a long post that traces events from his early desire to grow plants on Mars in order to stimulate interest in space through the near-bankruptcy of Tesla and/or SpaceX, which was averted at the last minute by winning a NASA contract. You can see a video (4:53) of an interview of the author, Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance, here.
Let's not bury the lead -- I admire Elon Musk. He is an inventor/entrepreneur reminiscent of people like Samuel Morse and Thomas Edison. Let me tell you why I admire him, then suggest that you watch videos of an interview of and two talks by Musk. Musk was thoughtful at an early age.
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He's a wonderful person, as far as I can tell, but he's benefited from a sick system.  There are a few people like him who have done that.  My point was that there used to be far more companies like SpaceX before the aerospace industry was "consolidated", along with a lot of other wealth.  The problem is not that there are not enough mega rich people with ambition and drive, it's that we now depend on such creatures.  Someone like Musk would probably have done as well in a less consolidated system.  I'm thinking our space program in general has not been saved by the like of Musk and would have been better off otherwise.  There are many people sidelined in the mean time that would be doing more advanced design work.  
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The opening of Cuba will benefit us all

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After keeping science alive during decades of scarcity, Cuba's "guerrilla scientists" are ready to rejoin the world
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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.

#Cuba   #ICT4d  
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 Ministry of Communication forms the Union of Cuban IT professionals
(Official announcment at: http://www.mincom.gob.cu/?q=paneluic).

At first I thought "cool -- it's a professional society like our Association for Computing Machinery," but on second thought it reveals some cultural differences with the US.

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El anuncio se hizo en el Primer Taller Nacional de Informatización y Ciberseguridad que arrancó este miércoles, donde se presentaron las bases para ...
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How Do You Tame Computer Users? They will try to engulf one of the wildest, freest phenomenon parallel to power in Cuban society today

The new Computer Users Union of Cuba (UIC) will enjoy the official recognition that has been lacking until now for independent groups of bloggers, gamers and programmers. It will have statutes, a code of ethics and members will be able to rely on support and visibility through its structure. Nor is there any doubt that at the next international event where “pro-governmental civil society” appears — in the manner of the Summit of the Americas — the new affiliates of the UIC will attend.

If the promoters of these activities, in whatever part of the world, want to know how a pretend non-governmental organization is generated, they should pay attention to the details of the genesis of the new organization that will bring together Cubans engaged in new technologies. It will be an excellent opportunity not to see “a star being born,” but to witness how a black hole is created that that will seek to engulf one of the wildest, freest phenomenon parallel to power in Cuban society today.


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Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 May 2015 – Nimble fingers over the keyboard, a life divided between reality and the digital world, plus the gratification of amusing yourself, learning, teac...
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Update to things Google might do in Cuba
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Cuba recently announced a plan to bring Internet connectivity to all schools at all levels within three years and I made several suggestions for doing so in an earlier post. (I am full of free advice for the government of Cuba :-). Google could contribute to this effort in several ways. One would be in helping with a backbone network to connect the schools. I also suggested that the Cubans take a decentralized approach to building LANs at the schools, and Google could help with that effort -- perhaps using the hi-frequency wireless equipment they have been testing. Finally, the Cubans are talking about tablets for students -- Chromebooks would be better. The One Laptop per Child project has distributed laptops to over 2.4 million children -- how about One Chromebook per Child in Cuba?

#Cuba   #Google   #ITC4D  
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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All business ventures will be controlled by the Castro regime. Read and become informed. Do not be fooled. Nothing in Cuba has changed. Censorship is the norm. It is still a totalitarian police state.

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21651216-transformation-economy-needs-happen-much-faster-be-more-libre

http://blog.panampost.com/nelson-rodriguez-chartrand/2015/05/19/self-employed-in-cuba-good-luck-with-that/

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article8561309.html
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Eased rules on donating scientific equipment could be empowering, Colón says
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SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there.
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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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