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Cuba Reconnected

For much of the last 60 years Cuba has been one of the most disconnected and isolated countries in the Western hemisphere. Citizens were unable to travel abroad, information and news completely government controlled, and the internet was so tightly controlled that barely anyone was allowed to use it. In 2001 only 1% of the population had access to the internet, all of whom had direct permission from the state.

Since Raul Castro assumed the presidential office in 2008 he has slowly reduced some stringent restrictions within the economy, but the internet was not initially one of them. It wasn't until 2013 that Cuba had its first public internet cafes, but at around $6-10 an hour to use, it was exorbitantly expensive for most. The average wage in Cuba is around $20 a month.

It's only since late 2015 that some Cuban's have felt that the internet could be a reality in their life this was after the government agreed to instal 35 public wifi spots across the country, and reduced access to $2 per hour.

These public spaces, generally parks or squares, have both become hubs of connectivity to the outside world, as well as important communal focus points in towns across Cuba. In the tempered possibilities of slow and censored internet access, Cuban's are finally, and very publicly, being able to engage with exiled relatives, global pop culture, new products and new ideas, but of course still under the watchful eye of the state. Going online in your own private home is still illegal.

Published by HUCK (UK), Internatizonale (Italy)
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