QUOTE(starlagurl @ Apr 3 2008, 08:51 PM)
Ohhhh, wow I had no idea. So is there no internet in Cuba or what? Like what is the difference if you have all your information stored on a computer or on a server on the internet? Or even in your hotmail?
They do have internet in Cuba, but it's complicated. And they have an internal network too, but nobody showed me how it worked. I did not insist though.
Internet for Cubans is in some places, not accessible to foreigners.
Internet for foreigners is in some places, accessible to some cubans.
Downloading takes ages, and it goes through a Cuban server. Traffic is not huge. So yes, it makes a difference if you don't let people get in and out as they please. Remember that Cubans are not allowed to leave the country either, and that USA arm and finance cuban opposition in Florida.
It's all a matter of keeping the population under control, and managing the information that gets IN the country. Cubans are very very educated, but on some points they were quite ignorant of what was going on outside (well, nothing worse than in our own countries anyway)
Anyway, they receive some internet, some satellite tv, etc... so I think such censorship policy is useless in the long term for the govt... good!
On the short term however, as long as you are not supposed to receive info, you can't debate over it, as it would mean that you received it illegally.
But I have not heard of any abuse. People are scared of what can happen to them, but they won't tell you about it, and they don't take a lot of caution either...
It's just that it's not that simple! Cuba!
Actually I am trying to write my entries about Cuba, but it's so bloody contradictory from one second to the other, from one situation to the next, that you need to look deep into the causes of every little thing to understand how it all works.
Some things the gvt don't let you see, but if you ask the right questions some people would tell you. SOme things are supposed to be public, or law, but nobody wuold talk about it, because of fear, or because of shame for the bad things in their system.
Do you understand the least bit of what I am writing? If not, it is normal: it's the Cuban headache.