Expanded Internet Access in Cuba Could Lead to ‘Networked Authoritarianism’

People surf the internet on their smartphones on the sidewalk in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, 2018 (AP photo by Desmond Boylan).
People surf the internet on their smartphones on the sidewalk in Havana, Cuba, Dec. 6, 2018 (AP photo by Desmond Boylan).
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The Cuban government rolled out mobile internet service for the first time last month, one of the last countries in the world to do so. While the 3G mobile network will be too costly for most Cubans, it could still help open political space and develop the island’s burgeoning independent media scene. In an interview with WPR, Ted Henken, a sociologist at Baruch College in New York who specializes in contemporary Cuba, discusses the promises and peril of expanding digital access in Cuba. World Politics Review: How much of an impact will this actually have on Cubans’ ability to access […]

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