The Blackout Ends


Seated in the armchair of a hotel with my laptop open, I note the slow blinking of the WiFi transmitter and watch the stern faces of the custodians. This could be one more day trying to enter my own blog with an anonymous proxy, jumping over the censorship with a few tricks that let me look at the forbidden. On the bottom of the screen a banner announces that I’m navigating at 41 kilobytes a second. Joking with a friend I warn her we’d better hold onto our hair so it won’t get messed up from “speeding.” But the narrow band doesn’t matter much this February afternoon. I’m here to cheer myself up, not to get depressed all over again by the damned situation of an Internet undermined by filters. I have come to see if the long night of censorship no longer hangs over Generation Y. With just a click I manage to enter the site that, since March of 2008, has not been visible from a public place. I’m so surprised I shout and the camera watching from the ceiling records the fillings in my teeth as I laugh uncontrollably.

After three years, my virtual space is again sighted from inside Cuba.

I don’t know the reasons for the end to this blockade, although I can speculate that the celebration of the 2011 Havana International Computer Science Fair has brought many foreign guests and it is better to show them an image of tolerance, of supposed openings in the realm of citizen expression. It is also possible that after having proved that blocking a website only makes it more attractive to internauts, the cyberpolice have chosen to exhibit the forbidden fruit they so demonized in recent months. If it’s because of a technical glitch that will soon be corrected, once again throwing shadows over my virtual diary, then there will be plenty of time to loudly denounce it. But for the moment, I make plans for the platforms www.vocescubanas.com and www.desdecuba.com to enjoy a long stay with us.

This is a citizen victory over the demons of control. We have taken back what belongs to us. These virtual places are ours, and they will have to learn to live with what they can no longer deny.

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62 thoughts on “The Blackout Ends

  1. The world is watching. We visited Cuba and 2008 and 2010 we so much loved the people and could feel change is in the air… This inspired our Song for Cuba …

  2. If many Cubanos now have to found their own businesses, IT and the internet are essential tools.. Cuba government will have to accept it into peoples homes, why is this bit of freedom so scary to them?
    Is it because: The Internet is the power of the people to connect and share real information, a way to learn about what goes on in the world, and share knowledge, connect to friends and have fun …. Most Cubanos already know anyway ….

  3. @#59
    I am sure in his heart, never to die was/is his love for his land, may he rest in peace.

  4. In December my father died and was buried in cold New York, never again seeing his Paradise after leaving it 50 years ago. I hope and pray that Cubans will take back their country — in my life time.

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  6. A change in power is possible without violence & it seems the cycle of history is upon us like the 1960’s the 1980’s.
    I hope (as I hope for Cuba) for Egypt’s peaceful transition, w/tolerance for differences of opinion, religion & forgivenes where applicable.

  7. Disculpa, porque aparentemente el presidente de equipto todavia no ha entregado el poder, no se que espera, porque sus dias estan contados…IGUAL PUEDEN HACER LOS CUBANOS…VIVA CUBA LIBRE y Por el levantamiento popular en cuba?

  8. Sorry for double post, the internet is far from perfect everywhere… or maybe somewhere it was meant to happen… I’ll take as it comes… so I mean it TWICE as much now!

  9. Albert,

    #49 Very well said!

    I am the possibly the last person I know that uses capital letters a due them meaning that you are shouting, but here I am now…

    ¡VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

  10. Albert, well put, I am not used to using capitals letters as they MEAN shouting but here I am… ¡VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

  11. noticias de ultima hora: el presidente de equipto a entregado el poder..for fin! Los Cubanos pueden hacer lo mismo!! Dale, pa la calle!

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