(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick


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Cuba Tries To Create Its Own Wikipedia, But Might Have Difficulty Seeing It As It Blocks Internet Access

from the not-much-of-a-community dept

A few months back, we reported that Fidel Castro had apparently become a big fan of the internet, now that he's "retired" and spends a lot of time surfing the web. It wouldn't surprise me if that's part of the reason that Cuba is apparently trying to launch its own sort-of Wikipedia -- but which you can only edit after an "administrator" approves your edits. In other words: don't expect much editing. Of course, we've also noted how it's almost impossible for regular Cuban citizens to access the internet with any speed or regularity, so it would seem that the community of folks who might be most interested in this won't actually be able to use it. In the end, that's what this effort seems to be missing. Wikipedia works because it's a community effort. But Cuba's attempt appears to be more about a top down approach -- which probably isn't surprising, but might make the project much less likely to succeed.

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    Ron Rezendes (profile), 15 Dec 2010 @ 10:44am

    Re: China

    It's very similar to trickle down economics in the US...
    If you're at the top it seems that everything is just fine, if you are anywhere below that you realize you're just getting pissed on - hence the title "trickle down economics" which should be called "Piss on the rest of you!" economics. A theory/practice used by those who have their pockets lined by those with the most money (entertainment/media corporations).

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