Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers

Human Rights Watch: Cuba’s Government Targets Social Media Influencers. “On October 14, police arrived at the homes of four Cuban YouTubers about to participate in an online forum discussing Cuban politics. Two—Jancel Moreno and Maykel Castillo—were detained, Iliana Hernández and others had their internet cut. One, 21-year-old Ruhama Fernández, had to hide to participate in the discussion by phone.”

Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories (Havana Times)

Havana Times: Ireland & Cuba: Entangled Histories. “PhDs Margaret Brehony and Nuala Finnegan, both from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the National University of Ireland in Cork, refer to this distinctive seal in their collection of essays Ireland and Cuba: Entangled Histories. They are written with little or no angles, nothing doctored, and therein lies the book’s greatest uniqueness. The book talks about anti-slavery movements, ethnic whitening processes, women in the Irish diaspora, the slave trade… The following is our conversation with Margaret Brehony about a slice of history that interweaves both islands.”

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive

Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks to our state-linked information operations archive. “Today we are disclosing five distinct networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations. The accounts that we have published in our archive today – the only archive of its kind in the industry – include independent information operations that we have attributed to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Thailand and Russia.”

Cuentas falsas y coordinación con Venezuela: cómo Cuba disemina propaganda en Twitter (El Nuevo Herald)

El Nuevo Herald, and the article is in Spanish, but I’ll provide a machine translation of the salient paragraphs: Cuentas falsas y coordinación con Venezuela: cómo Cuba disemina propaganda en Twitter. “On his Twitter profile, user Kaleb Guevara reproduces a phrase attributed to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara: ‘the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.’ The profile photo also reminds of the controversial Argentine figure, a young brunette with a beard, with a cigarette on his lips. But it does not belong to a person called “Kaleb Guevara” but to the Canadian model Nick Bateman. These are just two examples of more than a hundred of what appear to be false profiles that appear on … a new site that identifies Twitter accounts that spread propaganda and disinformation from Cuba.”

The Harold: Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!!

The Harold: Launch of long-awaited Havana Archive Project!!!. “The Hampshire College Library is thrilled to announce the launch of the Havana Archive Project, an Open Access digital photographic archive containing over 8,000 photographs of the 1,055 most significant buildings in the Historic Center of Havana, Cuba (as determined by Dr. Eusabio Leal, Director of the Office of the Historian) at the beginning of the restoration of Havana in the early 1980s.”

Slate: How to Get Online Illegally in Cuba

Slate: How to Get Online Illegally in Cuba. “In Cuba, I would sit with a dealer, who would count for me the number of people connected to their hot spot. Identifying those dealers could be tricky. I would start by finding a user in the area I needed to approach for the password. Users are easy to spot—they’re the people sitting around using their phones.”

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Cuban journalist uses creativity to dig for information and maintain database for other media

New-to-me, from Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Cuban journalist uses creativity to dig for information and maintain database for other media. “For a year, Cuban journalist Barbara Maseda has been running Proyecto Inventario, whose mission is to publish any and all available data about Cuba. It is intended to serve as a database for consultation and use by other independent journalists writing about the island.”

‘This is our patrimony’: Dance professor archives two decades of Afro-Cuban history (University of Alaska Anchorage)

University of Alaska Anchorage: ‘This is our patrimony’: Dance professor archives two decades of Afro-Cuban history. “For the past 27 years, UAA theater and dance professor Dr. Jill Flanders Crosby has been working on a project spanning generations, mediums and even the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1997, Flanders Crosby has traveled between Perico and Agramonte, Cuba, and the West African communities of Dzodze, Ghana, and Adjodogou, Togo, to preserve each community’s history and traditions via video and audio recordings. Don’t call this work a passion project. According to Flanders Crosby, it’s much more than that.”

New York Times: Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses

New York Times: Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses. “The measures permit the creation of private wired and Wi-Fi internet networks in homes and businesses and allow the importation of routers and other networking equipment — though also maintain the government’s iron-fisted monopoly over commercial internet access.”

Babalu Blog: Cuba’s Bohemia magazine archive now available online

Babalu Blog: Cuba’s Bohemia magazine archive now available online. “The site allows you to search for specific issues by date of publication, but not by subject. This digital archive contains a treasure trove of information about Cuba B.C. (1910-1958) as well as about Castrogonia (1959-2013).” There are a few cover images with this blog post and they’re gorgeous.

Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes

Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes. “The word spread through the encrypted app Telegram, and later, Twitter. On the agreed-upon day, the Cuban people would unite with one voice. Not to clamor for democracy, or turn out the government, or demand the freedom of political prisoners. To protest high mobile Internet prices.”

Havana Times: New Documentary Revives the Legacy of Cuban Feminists

Havana Times: New Documentary Revives the Legacy of Cuban Feminists. “The documentary ‘En busca de un espacio’ (Searching for a space) forms part of a greater project, which includes the movie “Todas” and a project that shares the same name. As well as movies, it will also hold workshops, create an online archive and tours between artists and researchers.”