Cuban blog gathering prompts official criticism

Cuban bloggers and tweeters have gathered in Havana for a technology and social media forum that official media denounced as subversive—the Associated Press reports.

Cuban bloggers and tweeters have gathered in Havana for a technology and social media forum that official media denounced as subversive.

Organizers and attendees deny any political agenda, and say people from all ideological stripes are welcome.

About 50 people were at Thursday’s event Thursday in western Havana.

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez complained about Cuba’s sluggish, satellite-based Internet, saying islanders are ready to become “human beings of the 21st century.”

State-run website Cubadebate seized upon Sanchez’s participation in denouncing the event. It also criticized Spanish-based organizer Spain Blog Event for getting corporate sponsorship.

It alleged that the true intent of the gathering is to create technological networks “ahead of an aggression, as was done in Libya, Syria.”

For the original report go to http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2018490966_apcbcubabloggers.html

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