Sujatha Fernandes Publishes Essay on Cuban Connectivity in The Nation

Professor Sujatha Fernandes (GC/Queens, Sociology) recently published an essay in The Nation that explored how improving Cuba’s telecommunications infrastructure could build upon the nation’s existing cultures of connectivity.
“Presenting Cuba as a tabula rasa, stuck in the digital dark ages, fails to engage with the cultures of communication that currently exist on the island,” Fernandes wrote.

“These cultures could provide a strong base for constructing a self-sustaining, open, and accessible digital commons with robust privacy protections—an increasingly remote possibility in the United States, where ubiquitous surveillance is devaluing the Internet as a public resource.”
The article, “In Cuba, Will the Revolution Be Digitized?,” explains that only about one quarter of Cubans have Internet access. Of those with access, many are unable to explore the full Internet.
However, in the last decade, Cubans have managed to create their own networks to share information both online and offline, Fernandes wrote. These “networks could provide an alternative to the corporate-driven World Wide Web, given the right level of support,” she wrote.

Submitted on: APR 29, 2016

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