I know that I have received a barrage of requests from both undergraduate and graduate students planning trips down to the island to set them up with some of my none-too-party-line contacts on the island. I have been more than happy to oblige.
A group of journalism students from the University of California was even brave or naive enough to include an afternoon session with Yoani Sanchez and other citizen journalists as part of their 2-week educational tour of the island. Here is here photo of the encounter via Twitpic:
Another group of journalism students from SUNY Stonybrook was down in Havana during the January intersession and since returning has set up the great website, "Journalism Without Walls: Cuba 2012," profiling their work.
As luck would have it, some of those students did an interview with Graham Sowa, as part of a story about US medical students studying in Havana. I did a previous post on Graham Sowa's response to that interview.
After reading my post, as well as Graham's own post on it, Ethan Freedman wrote me the following message giving his side of the story. Here it is:
Here's an interesting, nuanced article on the Internet in Cuba by Graham Sowa entitled, "My First Interview in Cuba," to get you thinking published at the increasingly rich and penetrating Havana Times. (You can read more from Sowa about technology and connectivity here, here, and here.)
In the article, he relates the experience being interviewed about Cuban Internet access by a team of somewhat ill-informed (in his estimation) visiting students from SUNY Stony Brook. The article also touches on the debate in the U.S. over net neutrality and what Sowa sees as a tendency toward American arrogance, ignorance, decontextualization, and hypocrisy when covering Cuba.
Sowa sums up his argument with these words:
"The limited Internet access in Cuba is not a moral anomaly nor does it occur in a vacuum."