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A New Organization to Control and Spy On Cuba's Computer Users

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Yoani Sanchez

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.

After 50-Plus Years, Finally It Won't Cost $1 a Minute to Make a Call From Miami to Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Among the many dramas that play out because of emigration, in the case of Cuba we have to add the complications of communicating with the island. We have the most expensive rates in the world for those who want to communicate with us.

In the "Country Without Internet" the Bytes Find Their Voice

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

ADSL cables Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 8 February 2015 -- "Do not talk about politics or religion," says the number one rule of the most extensive ...

Google Comes to Havana!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Have you ever tried to explain Google to someone who doesn't know what it is?

The Free Territory of Skype, Forbidden In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Without any new facilities for services such as Skype, many prefer to resort to fraudulent practices rather than to give up calling other parts of the world.

"What's Your Network Called?": Young People Are Creating The Wireless Web In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They meet on a corner, eyes red from lack of sleep, their pants on the verge of falling down to their knees. They aren't yet twenty and have spent the night immersed in the plot of a video game.

Apretaste! A Craigslist for the Island of the Disconnected

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Yoani Sanchez

Visiting Apretaste!, I remember a phrase I always repeat when I encounter something hard. "Creativity is the capacity to open a window when the door is closed," I tell myself, like a mantra in complex situations.

Am I Living in Cuba, or Never Never Land?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The turtle's pace is everywhere. From the bureaucratic offices and the bus stops to the recreation and service centers. But the big winner of the award for having "the blood of a turnip" is the government itself.

Playa Siboney: Where Cuba's Fiber Optic Cable Touches Land

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Although this is not the Internet we dreamed of, given it high prices, censored sites and the inability to connect from home, at least it's a crack that has opened the wall of disconnection.

20 Years Later: From the Dollar to the Internet

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The legalization of the dollar and this timid opening to the Internet have been the fruit more of pressure than the government's desire for openness.

More Than Just a Cable

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Two years after arriving on Cuban soil, at a cost of $70 million and a thousand miles in length, the long fiber-optic serpent started to work. We had to learn, as so often happens, through the foreign media.

Minister Trips Up and Admits Fiber Optic Cable Is Working, But Cubans Can't Access It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Between La Guaira, Venezuela, and Santiago de Cuba runs an umbilical cord that should turn us into a 21st Century country, remove our technological and communications handicaps.

Cuba's Forum on Alternative Media and Social Networks Ignores Alternative Voices

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In Cuba, a country where the alternative blogosphere and twittersphere are both expanding, they held a meeting on Web 2.0 without inviting a single non-institutional voice.

Card-Carrying Communist Green Collar Criminals: Planning for Their Futures as Capitalists

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

He was working for a new kind of corporation, one of those occupying a luxurious mansion in the Miramar neighborhood and importing goods from abroad.

Gimme Cable!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.30.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Promised since 2008, the fiber optic cable between Venezuela and Cuba only made it to our coast this last February, and then lapsed into a silence quite suspicious for an effort that already cost more than seventy million dollars.

Fiber Optics to Control Us

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For more than two years the fiber optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela has been the carrot dangled before the eyes of the inhabitants of this disconnected Island.