On Sunday, July 11, 1000’s of Cubans in dozens of cities across the island nation took to the streets to protest the nation’s communist dictatorship and protracted shortages in meals, vitality, and drugs, all of which have been made worse by the pandemic.
The demonstrations have been enabled by social media and the web, which solely got here to Cuba in an enormous manner in late 2018, when President Miguel Diaz-Canel allowed residents entry to the web on their cellphones.
To higher perceive precisely how Fb, YouTube, WhatsApp, and different social media platforms are empowering the Cuban individuals and undermining state management, Purpose spoke with Ted Henken, a sociologist at Metropolis College of New York’s Baruch School and the co-editor of Cuba’s Digital Revolution.
Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Ian Keyser. Intro by Paul Detrick.
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