Last month, students at a prestigious computer science university videotaped an ugly confrontation they had with Ricardo Alarcón, the president of the National Assembly. Alarcón seemed flummoxed when students grilled him on why they could not travel abroad, stay at hotels, earn better wages or use search engines like Google. The video spread like wildfire through Havana, passed from person to person, and seriously damaged Alarcón's reputation in some circles.My money is on the networks. HEH.
Something similar happened in late January when officials tried to impose a tax on the tips and wages of employees of foreign companies.
Workers erupted in jeers and shouts when told about the new tax, a moment caught on a cellphone camera and passed along by memory sticks.
"It passes from flash drive to flash drive," said Ariel, 33, a computer programmer, who, like almost everyone else interviewed for this article, asked that his last name not be used for fear of political persecution. "This is going to get out of the government's hands because the technology is moving so rapidly."
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Cuba's Hierarchy Minders have always done their best to squash news of unhappy protests over conditions in the Carri bean workers paradise. The IHT, however, now has news that the networkers are ganging up on their minders with memory sticks, digital cameras and secret internet hook ups and doing end runs around their feeble efforts to control information: