Coding marathon goals to assist Cubans get round web restrictions

Coding marathon aims to help Cubans get around internet restrictions

Cuba’s authorities could be loosening its grip on web entry within the nation, however non-revenue group Roots of Hope is not ready round for that trickle of data to show right into a flood. It is holding a Code for Cuba hackathon to develop instruments that assist residents get issues carried out whereas dodging on-line restrictions. The occasion, which kicks off April twenty fifth at Fb’s headquarters, will give prizes to these with options that aren’t solely efficient, however cope with a troublesome Cuban actuality the place connections are sluggish, scarce and closely censored.

This seems like it might be idealistic, however historical past means that it might produce tangible, sensible outcomes. A smaller, inaugural hackathon in Miami led to an e-mail-based mostly market that forty,000 island residents are utilizing each month. It additionally produced an e mail search device and a shareable Raspberry Pi web entry level. This greater, larger-profile marathon might give Cubans significantly extra (and probably higher) methods to see what they have been lacking.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Desmond Boylan]

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