- Feb 01, 2011 • 15:55h
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El pequeño hermano: Los faraones de mi Egipto.
PD: Somera descripción de un proyecto cada vez más necesario, por si alguien se interesa en ponerlo en práctica:
Cuba sin Censura: Uncensored Cuban News on Cuban Cell Phones
CSC is a service to deliver uncensored news about Cuba on Cuban cellphones via text messaging. All you have to do is leave your phone number in a website, send an email or sms and choose the quantity of headlines and preferred topics you’d like to receive, to start reading the headlines on your cell.
How will your project improve the delivery of news and information to geographic communities?
In Cuba State controls the entire press. It is impossible to access to independent news sources off the Internet, where penetration is still very low. Bloggers and independent journalists have made an effort to show unofficial information on the Internet and break the informative monopoly of State over the control of information, but the audience of this information is still very limited. This project aims to use new technological means to deliver uncensored information directly to people interested in it, which have a cellular phone and can choose to share this information with other citizens.
What unmet need does your proposal answer?
According to the last official report on the website of the National Statistics Office, in 2009 there were 1.6 million internet users in Cuba, representing 14.2 percent of the population. In most cases they were connected to a government intranet rather than the internet proper.
This situation is about to change, as the government plans to finish the laying of submarine cable from Venezuela, and will expand the bandwidth during the summer of 2011.
Cuba still has the lowest mobile-phone penetration rate in Latin America, but the number is rising fast, with more than one million handsets for 11.2 million people at the end of June 2010, according official sources.
The recent economic reforms in Cuba has brought a growing need for reliable information that goes beyond Cuban government’s restrictions. Recently, new technologies have allowed an alternative route for many Cubans information anxious to know what they can not read in Cuban newspapers.
What will you have changed by the end of the project?
Cuban citizens will be more informed. Cuban bloggers have not only made it possible to know a reality silenced by the official press but they have also in a way made it “trendy” — in the benumbed Cuban society — to exercise forgotten freedoms. This project is seeking for a new conscience of technological gadgets as an information tools.