Coding marathon goals to assist Cubans get round web 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]