Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who is behind the mirror?

Who is behind the mirror? / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on March 24, 2015

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 March 2015 – On Wednesday, with great
fanfare, the digital site "Reflections" was launched as part of the
Cuban Youth Computer and Electronics Club's Cuba Va (Cuba Goes) project.
On its homepage you can read that this is the first Cuban blogging
platform, although, a blog portal, was launched eight
years ago and, despite being blocked on the Cuban server, offers content
generated in Cuba, where the majority of its authors live.

According to Kirenia Fagundo Garcia, who serves as senior specialist on
Reflections, "there are no restrictions on the topics discussed on the
blogs and users interested in the service," on this platform. Each blog
has only 250 megabytes allocated to post texts, photos, videos and
sound, although Fagundo has made clear that it is planned to increase
the initial capacity.

Despite the commitment to freedom announced by the portal, "the only
condition is that the bloggers divulge the truth about Cuba, without
offenses, disrespect or denigration."Thus, several questions immediately
arise: Who gave the Youth Computer Club the power to determine what is
"the truth about Cuba"? Who is behind this project? Who is funding it?
What institution, undoubtedly State or Party, will approve the content
to be published?

To test the limits of the new platform, this daily has created a new
blog on the service, under the title 14ymedio, with the purpose of
bringing the contents of our digital portal to Cuban readers on servers
on the Island. The process was easy, although to create a new site we
had to provide the number of the user's State-issued ID card,
undoubtedly a surprise.

Moreover, the portal has several technical deficiencies, frequent error
messages and agonizing slowness. Obviously it has been opened without
having done sufficient technical tests to check its operation. The site has been activated and the content manager that works
with the entire platform is WordPress. However, it has been impossible,
so far, to publish our first text. Technical Problems?

In the coming days we will test whether the new blogging platform is as
plural as announced, or nothing more than one more simple mirror of the
official discourse.

Source: Who is behind the mirror? / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar | Translating
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