U.S. State Dept. creates task force to promote free and uncensored access to the internet in Cuba

As President Trump promised during his Cuba policy speech last June in Miami, the U.S. State Department has created a task force to promote free and uncensored access to the internet in Cuba. The Castro dictatorship heavily censors the internet on the island and charges prohibitively high rates for access to a network that is constantly under the vigilance of Cuban State Security.

For the last six decades, access to uncensored information and news and the ability for Cubans to freely communicate with the rest of the world has been severely restricted by the Castro regime. Opening up access to the internet, removing the restrictions, and providing a platform where Cubans can access information and communicate without fear is key to ending tyranny on the island and ushering in democracy and freedom.

President Obama’s Cuba policy took none of this into account and instead provided the Castro regime with more tools and resources to further restrict access to information. Consequently, the Cuban dictatorship is not happy with this change in U.S. policy and has already began to screech in protest.

Hopefully, the task force will come up with new and innovative ways to give Cubans access to information and the rest of the world.

Via Channel News Asia:

US State Department creates Cuba Internet Task Force

HAVANA: The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that it had created a Cuba Internet Task Force to promote “the free and unregulated flow of information” on the Communist-run island, an action denounced by Cuban state media as subversive.

“The task force will examine the technological challenges and opportunities for expanding internet access and independent media in Cuba,” the agency said in a statement. It said the task force of U.S. government and non-governmental representatives would meet for the first time on Feb. 7.

Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma said it was “destined to subvert Cuba’s internal order.”

“In the past, Washington has used phrases like ‘working for freedom of expression’ and ‘expanding access to internet in Cuba’ to cover up destabilising plans,” Granma wrote, adding that some 40 percent of Cubans connected to the internet in 2017, 37 percent more than in 2010.

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