Sunday, September 6, 2009

Back to my proxy

People who read blogs from Cuba generally do it on vocescubanas. It easier because all the bloggers are together on one platform and you don’t have to spend a lot of time opening multiple pages at the same time. Time on-line in Cuba is gold, either because it’s very expensive, because you are navigating as a “guest” thanks to a member, or because you’re at work and you take advantage of the few minutes when you know the one looking over your shoulder is absent.

A new independent platform gave many bloggers the opportunity to manage their sites
(Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar and Miriam Celaya). For me, specifically, it was the challenge of administering my blog in WordPress and the possibility of being read thanks to free software from inside my country. For other bloggers like Pablo Pacheco, it meant the certainty that his posts would be published and read from Havana.

However, for some days we haven’t been able to enter Voces from Cuba, this blockade does not change our conditions much: administering a blog is a luxury and almost all bloggers have found a friend who helps from somewhere in the world where the government doesn’t worry about its citizens navigating freely on the Internet. Whether from Havana or from the North Pole our texts will continue to be published despite government paranoia.

For readers on the island: for each paid censor on the Internet there exists in the world a volunteer hacker. Voces Cubanas opens by proxy, I have confirmed that these work in Cuba as of now:

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