'Cuban Twitter' a new hurdle for bloggers, exiles

Apr 05 2014, 20:40 IST
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Analysts say the findings of The Associated Press' investigation mean their work could become even more difficult. Reuters Analysts say the findings of The Associated Press' investigation mean their work could become even more difficult. Reuters
SummaryAnalysts say the findings of The Associated Press' investigation mean their work could become even more difficult.

The revelation that a U.S. government-funded program set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba is likely to pose new challenges for independent bloggers and exile groups that work to increase access to technology.

Yoani Sanchez is the island's most prominent dissident. She began her activism with a blog and has nearly 600,000 followers on Twitter. She is also on the verge of starting a digital news project.

In recent years, exile groups in Miami also have tried to help Cubans break through the technology divide by sending computers, laptops and flash drives to share information.

Sanchez and others have gone to pains to state they are not backed by the U.S. government.

Analysts say the findings of The Associated Press' investigation mean their work could become even more difficult.



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