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In Cuba, an Underground Network Armed With USB Drives Does the Work of Google and ...

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In Cuba, an Underground Network of USB Drives Does the Work of Google and YouTube - by Sarah Kessler/ Elasticity/ FC (FastCompany)/ fastcompany.com

"In a country nearly devoid of Internet access, the weekly distributors of El Paquete create a window to online content.

Huddled around a laptop at the bottom of a stairwell in Havana, a group of three teenage boys banter as they skip between video clips and music. A fourth arrives with some ice cream, which completes a scene reminiscent of teenagers killing time on YouTube. They play an amateur music video in which the singer, looking for a laugh, periodically bangs his head against the wall. Then Beyoncé. Chris Brown.

But this being Cuba—where the Internet is, for the most part, only available at some professional jobs, in foreigners’ homes, and in expensive hotels—this isn’t YouTube. What looks like a few teenagers surfing the web is actually a small part of an only-in-Cuba business that gives locals access to content from the Internet, offline, thanks to an army of human middlemen and thousands of flash drives..."

Richard
 
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