Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Technology Rationed in a Technophobic Country / Somos+, Javier Cabrera
Posted on July 4, 2015

Somos+, 2 July 2015 — The coming of WiFi to Cuba is very good news.
Better still is the reduction in prices from 4.25 CUC to 2.00 CUC,
although that is still a very high barrier for connection to the
Internet. [Roughly 2 days wages for one hour. -ed.] From here I want to
congratulate the promoters, Cubans or otherwise, because it has been
clearly and unquestionably a step that benefits the citizenry.

However, all the data indicates that there is excess capacity to go
faster, and too much hesitancy to accept the help offered by companies
in the United States and other countries. We clearly have a technophobic
government that is trying to deal with a problem outside its scope and
trying to “reinvent” the technology as a part of a useless and expensive
process, redesigning and adapting; but more than anything, delaying its
adoption in time.

The security of information and the lack of a technological culture
continue to be the preferred pretexts to validate the slowness of a
process that can’t wait any longer. Nothing is said about how to attack
these supposed problems, which, by the way, exist all over the world and
have a huge number of solutions. Increasing training in technology on a
large scale is the only alternative, and for this there is only one
method: “You learn to dance by dancing.”

We are in a process of technological literacy, why don’t we send
thousands of literacy specialists to every corner of the island with
laptops and connections, because we are standing in line for 21st
century literacy?

Many of us question the secrecty of the technology strategy, the silence
about the agreements… if there are any, and the news about companies
wanting to help that only comes out in the foreign press. It is annoying
that our technophones, who undertake these efforts on our behalf,
supported by our effort, our GDP and our remittances, are not capable of
explaining why in 2020 the number of those connected will be 50% and not
90%, or how and at what cost we are going to be connected.

If security is so critical, if the agreements are not suitable, if
filling the country with antennas is too expensive, or if what Twitter,
Google and the rest are offering is bad, we want to offer our opinions.

We voted to adopt technology, which exists and works, in a normal and
above all very quick way. We voted en masse to liberalize access and to
declare it a right. How did you vote?

Source: Technology Rationed in a Technophobic Country / Somos+, Javier
Cabrera | Translating Cuba –

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