Cuba’s new internet search engine

From The Real Cuba:

Cuba’s new “search engine”

Cuba announced on Thursday that is has created its first “Web search engine 2 x 3.” In Cuba, when someone refers to doing something fast he says he’ll do it “en un dos por tres” or in a two by three, and that is where this name comes from.

“The first web search engine made in Cuba was presented on Thursday by Cuban technicians from the National Office for Technical Information at the 12th International Convention and Exposition Forum INFORMATICA 2007, in Havana,” said a news dispatch from Prensa Latina.

But as everything else in a totalitarian state like Castro’s Cuba, this new search engine is censored and you can only search “electronic addresses corresponding to”

In other words, anything that doesn’t have the .cu is ignored.

Not only is everything that doesnt have a .cu ignored, but there is a specific search section titled “Discursos de fidel” (fidel’s speeches). Sheesh.

I also find the “news” search not much different than a typical Google News search, all you get is links to Granma, Prensa Latina, Juventud Rebelde, etc…

Here’s another interesting tidbit, if you run a news search for “Oscar Elias Biscet” you get two pages of links, primarily to Granma. But, if you read all of those stories linked in that search, not one, NOT ONE, makes mention of Oscar Biscet.

2 thoughts on “Cuba’s new internet search engine”

  1. I clicked on it and did a search for “dos culos de fidel” and all I got was crap! Like everything else from castro’s government, it stinks!

  2. I have reviewed their search engine and made some interesting discoveries, including Castro’s 2005 condemnation of the Castroite educational system:

    Havana, the home of educational disasters, didn’t even have enough teachers, and far from enough eleventh and twelfth grade students to go to the [new experimental] schools … What the devil would happen to secondary and primary education”?

    In 2002 —I think it was in September, more or less around that time— we had discovered that we were running out of teachers in Havana; the average age of teachers was going up, many were reaching retirement age but thanks to their stoicism and their spirit of sacrifice they were still teaching, some in those primary schools which were another disaster area, since they had suffered the slings and arrows of more than 10 years of special period. Some were lacking a window here and there and which school wasn’t stained, and don’t mention the toilets, the running water, the kitchen, etcetera, etcetera, et-very-cetera. I said that because I saw many of them and we were dismayed.

    The old liar then goes on to explain how he fixed all the country’s schools in 2 years, purchased thousands of 29″ (and 21″) televisions and computers. Supposedly, he fixed the toilets, too.

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