A luxury that social media has given us is the ability to voice our thoughts and opinions freely at almost any time. For many of us, social media platforms are a part of our life that we rely on without even understanding their value in our every day routine. In one corner of our world far from most of us, there is a group of people that do not share the same luxury we do. They have not been afforded with the daily tools we use to express ourselves as we please.
“A poll conducted in March 2015, the first independent opinion poll in Cuba since 1959, found that three out of four Cubans felt they could not freely express their opinions in public.” It is hard to even comprehend how different life must be for those living in Cuba. Even after the end of dictatorship in Cuba, a survey revealed that only 16% of people had access to the Internet. A startling 4% of people in the country had a twitter.
The reign of Fidel Castro has had long-term effects on the communities of Cuba, but many are hopeful that social media platforms can aid the people of such a beautiful country. The dictator’s censorship and constraints put people in a vulnerable position. It is well known that Cuba is behind the curve on much of their infrastructure and products, but with the rise of social media over the years, the biggest gap between Cuba and the rest of the world might be the usage of social media and digital business.
The future of Cuba marks the end of an awful dictatorship, and much of the country has already improved technologically. In the capital, Havana, there are now more than 40 government approved Wi-Fi hotspots. Many families are starting to enjoy Internet access and higher connection speeds. Access to social media sites is still difficult, but as more resources flood into Cuba, the technology of various social media platforms should take of.
I am excited for Cuba as a country, and I cannot wait to witness the birth of their online community and all the good it will bring to the country.