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How Cubans Are Using Thumb Drives to Spread Web Access

Last week, the U.S. Government and USAID got into hot water after it was revealed they were secretly funding a Twitter-like service in Cuba. The so-called “Cuban Twitter” ran on cell phones and was intended to encourage anti-Castro sentiment. The headlines are also drawing attention to a broader problem — the lack of web access in Cuba.
Just a fraction of the population can get online, and even then it’s severely restricted and slow. But over years, enterprising Cubans have been spreading the internet another way, using thumb drives filled with web sites: everything from political sites, to newspapers and even fashion magazines.

Bradley Blackburn spoke to a group in Miami, called Connect Cuba, working to support the internet without the internet on the island.

How Cubans Are Using Thumb Drives to Spread Web Access

Last week, the U.S. Government and USAID got into hot water after it was revealed they were secretly funding a Twitter-like service in Cuba. The so-called “Cuban Twitter” ran on cell phones and was intended to encourage anti-Castro sentiment. The headlines are also drawing attention to a broader problem — the lack of web access in Cuba.
Just a fraction of the population can get online, and even then it’s severely restricted and slow. But over years, enterprising Cubans have been spreading the internet another way, using thumb drives filled with web sites: everything from political sites, to newspapers and even fashion magazines.

Bradley Blackburn spoke to a group in Miami, called Connect Cuba, working to support the internet without the internet on the island.

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