Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Internet: a Cuban political prisoner.

The US Treasury Department has announced it will issue licenses to companies that export instant messaging and other personal Internet services to Cuba.  The move follows comments made earlier this year by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Internet freedom is now a fundamental principle of American foreign policy.Internet, a cuban political prisoner

Well, internet freedom is a fundamental principle in every democratic country, but Cuba isn’t it. Internet in Cuba is in Castro’s hands that uses it for his well-oiled propaganda machinery to blame dissidents, blast US policies and sell Socialism paradise, but never bring a grain of truth about our country.

Internet is a political prisoner in Cuba. The worldwide network is banned from people’s hands and cell phone companies, which in Cuba mean only one run by the state, are subject of espionage and surveillance. We could watch recently how Castro taped dissidents with hidden cameras and caught private phone conversations without any court order. Of course, there is no court order in Castro’s land. There is only his personal command what it is needed.

So, the whole idea about the use of the internet technology in Cuba is barely useless. Cuba has a few bloggers with a great impact outside our little island, but within Cuba people are unaware about who they are and what they are doing.

The most important point: Can a cell phone or computer bring down a regime?

No. A cell phone and internet are only a support to divulgate and spread information. No government could be brought down without a strong dissident movement well organized and with a clear agenda. And that, Mr. Obama, doesn’t exist in Cuba yet.

We have a small group of dissident weaken by imprisoning, surveillance and repression: an important group of them in prison for long years and many living isolated in the middle of a society completely bombed by a powerful propaganda system. Outside Cuba, the whole system is handled by Castro’s agents: twitter, websites and blogs are shackled to his fist.

US Administration is acknowledging the powerful success of Iranian anti-government protesters in getting their message out following Ahmadinejad's re-election. But the truth is: there was a big and strong anti-government movement in Iran meanwhile in Cuba is almost inexistent.

Our civil society needs to be organized and then all those technological gadgets could play their role. The latest months, Cuba’s government had created their own OS platform, their own Google searching machine and it could be tighten every single corner loose to our civil society to reach the world. So, I pop up the question again: can a cell phone or computer bring down a regime?