Fidel Castro: Loves The Internet... Even As Cubans Are Blocked From Using Most Of It
from the what's-good-for-me,-and-not-for-thee dept
Apparently, he still believes that. While Castro hasn't been heard from as much since handing over control of the government to his younger brother Raul Castro, he's apparently still a fan of the internet, and has become something of an internet junkie. In a recent interview he's again talking up the wonders and importance of the internet, and notes that he reads 200 to 300 news items a day, and is a big fan of Wikileaks (no surprise there).
As for the vastly limited access on the island, he blames the US embargo (of course), but even if that explains the difficulty and expense associated with access, it does not explain the filters and the limits (including a long period -- only recently ended -- where Cubans weren't allowed to have computers with internet access in their homes). So, the overall position still seems pretty hypocritical. Internet access is important in "putting an end to secrets," as he says... but the Cuban government doesn't want that to apply to itself.