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The media and telecommunications of Cuba

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   The history in general of Cuba

History of the press in Cuba

The Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism
From Michael Fuller, 16 May 1996. The Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism, founded in 1983 by the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC) has revived under new funding, without abandoning the premises of being an Institute of the South, it is directed toward continuing education and the interchange of experience among colleagues from all over the world.
Prensa Latina (announcement)
12 July 1996 [in both Spanish and English]. An on-line news service.

The history of Internet in Cuba

Cuba's access to worldwide information networks approved
Prensa Latina, Havana, from Granma International, 2 July 1996. A decree-law issued by the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers establishes the regulations for assuring the proper development and utilization of global information networks.
Cuba faces the web revolution
The Guardian (London), 22 July 1999. UNESCO conference delegates discussed how the net was a tool of Anglo-centric neo-liberal globalisation; 20% of world cultures face extinction due to global audio-visual culture. Marxists don't object to globalization, but to the kind of globalization. Castro said, "We can use it - to tell the 80% of Americans online that they have to stop and realise the Earth is on the edge of an abyss."
Red, Hot, and Hyperlinked
By Vito Echevarria, Wired News, 8 September 1999. Ever so slowly and not so surely, Cuba is getting wired to the world, and in its first attempt at netrepreneurism, Cuba may also soon find itself as the producer of WebTV units for all of Latin America.
Gov't to Set Up Public Internet Terminals
By Patricia Grogg, IPS, 18 October 2000. Cuba has opted for a less expensive community-based approach to Internet access that serves the majority of people, not the wealthier minority.
Web of Resistance Rises in Cuba
By Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 26 December 2000. Mostly young male professionals through subversive cunning have become nearly as wired as anyone in the world despite Cuban law prohibiting unauthorized private Internet use.

The history of computer technology in Cuba

National Center for Medical Sciences Information
From Dr. Jose Dco Rodriquez Perez, 2 February 1996. Importance of computers in medical care for information retrieval.