Cuban Internet in Times of Totalitarianism

If you stop for a moment and read, watch or listen to speeches made by Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel (let me just say, I know how much effort this takes), you normally watch a combination of statements, “suggestions” and dictates which sometimes make it clear that this is the heir of the Castros’ totalitarian legacy, while other times, everything he says are essentially the concepts of a technocrat. Cuba balances on the edge of a precipice between both extremes.

The regulations published in the Cuban Republic’s Official Gazette last Thursday “about the computerization of Cuban society”, which will come into effect on July 29th, are a good example of this.

The Cuban government stresses that this is just a matter of “legal regulations that allow the implementation and legislation of the new computerization policy of Cuban society, which was already passed in 2017.”


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