Havana tweeting for change

| April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Cuba is widely regarded as a ‘web-starved’ country, but Havana-based blogger Yoani Sanchez – whose blog called Generation Y has a huge following amongst Cubans living abroad – aims to change all that.

Sanchez is one of thousands of young people who recognise the power of the internet. She’s using her Blogger Academy – where the teachers are volunteers and instruction is free – to draft others to oppose the one-party socialist system in Cuba. On an island where the media is almost entirely state-controlled and less than 1% of the population has an internet connection, more than 30 citizens crowd into Sanchez’s living room to learn how to use Twitter or write code in WordPress for their own blogs.

“We’re just trying to create a virtual world that reflects the variety of views that Cubans really have – but are now suffocated and hidden by government controls,” says Sanchez. Several of the academy’s students say they’ve had their computers and cellphones confiscated by state police. They remain hopeful, however. “We’re people who want change, and we want the current government to be an instrument of change,” says one.

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