The Internetish Things of Cuba: Open Source and ‘in the Clear’
with Berkman Fellow , Ellery Biddle
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Harvard Law School campus
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor)
What is it like to use the Internet in fits and starts? How do communities with limited access to the global Internet use digital tools? Beyond sensational media narratives about Havana’s WiFi hotspots and the paquete semanal, there is a complex landscape of Internet access, digital media use and open source software development in Cuba. This talk will offer a primer on Cuba’s digital culture and critique of Western political narratives surrounding technology, freedom and empowerment as they apply in the Cuban context.
Ellery is a writer, editor and Internet policy expert who specializes in the protection of online free expression in the global south. She is the Advocacy Director for Global Voices, an international network of bloggers and free expression advocates around the world and holds a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Ellery has been studying intellectual history and technology in Cuba since 2004.
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