Friday, April 23, 2010

Two Conferences: E-Revolucion and Cyber Dissidents (& a little something from Nelson Valdes)

Here are links to info on two conferences that both took place this past month, both focusing on the Internet and social change.

The first, "E-Revolucion: Camino a Una Nueva Era," was sponsored by the Cuban-American young professionals group Roots of Hope (Raices de Esperanza) and took place at Cornell Univeristy.

Photo taken from the blog of Ernesto Hernandez Busto, Penultimos Dias
He is pictured above second from the right.

The other, "The Conference on Cyber Dissidents: Global Successes and Challenges," took place in Dallas at the George W. Bush Institute.

Hernandez Busto has some interesting reflections on the Internet and socio-political change, "Cyber-dissidence in Cuba: At a Crossroads" (in English), up on his blog today.  He also is putting up his reflections on his attendance at the Dallas conference (see below and more forthcoming).

Sobre el encuentro de ciberdisidentes en Dallas: una crónica en primera persona (1 de 3) (more to come...)

En Dallas

De Viaje

Los limites de la ciberdisidencia: Una polemica (Las nuevas tecnologias en las sociedades autoritarias: un dossier necesario)

And for a completely different take on these same issues, see the work of Nelson P. Valdes, host of Cuba-L Direct list:

Cyber Cuba: The Internet, Broadband, and Foreign Policy (2009)

Cuba, Hurricanes, and the Internet (2009)

Cuba and Information Technology (Part I, Part II, Part III, & Final) (2001)

The Political Economy of the Internet in Cuba (1998)

Cuba, The Internet, and US Policy (1997)

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