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Is technology helping or hurting Cuba’s dissidents?

Ernesto Hernandez Busto from Penúltimos Días believes that the growing use of technology by Cuba's dissident movement to mobilize and organize may actually be doing more harm than good.

My translation:

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Following the news covering the repression of dissidents these past three months, I have noticed that cellular phones are being systematically used by Cuba's political police to track and repress dissidents. Excessive discussions and publicity about the advantages of "new technologies" (a journalistic temptation that I myself have succumbed to on occasion) have led many activists to use these tools without any concerns that in reality, it is making the work of their oppressors much easier.

My recommendation: If they want to achieve results that are more than just frustrated efforts, it would be a good idea for them to begin using the security measures that these technologies provide or, they should organize via means that are less "technological."

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