Lack Of Internet Access Just Might Hinder Cuba's Software Ambitions
from the what's-in-those-cigars? dept
It's something of a pattern among communist countries that they pursue strength in certain industries with little regard for the likelihood of success. For example, they might try to build a domestic steel industry without access to the necessary iron ore. The latest example is that Fidel Castro wants to develop a "formidable software industry" (via Hit & Run) even though Cuba's inhabitants have little to no access to the internet. What's funny is that developing skills in IT isn't such a terrible idea for the nation; though it's easy to enforce an embargo on goods like cigars, it'd be much harder to shut out digital goods and services. But without access to what's going on online, there's little hope that the country could develop valuable skills in the area. Like everything else in Cuba, it looks like the Silicon Sugar Farm will have to wait until Castro's gone.