Cuba has been very active lately. Due to the collapse of the country as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic, intense protest marches and actions have been organized by the people for a while.

The Cuban government, on the other hand, enacted new laws that restrict freedom of expression and force internet providers to develop censorship mechanisms in order to prevent the public from rioting on social media.

These internet laws, passed last week, will be enforced by an institution within the Cuban government’s Communications Directorate. By law, operators will be able to capture and monitor network traffic. On the network side, any device not authorized by this institution will not be used.

In addition, the government has taken some steps on cyber security. Criticisms of the communist regime, hacktivist attacks and social media networks were deemed contrary to the constitutional and social order and were described as cyberterrorism. When such situations occurred, network operators were compelled to intervene and stop malicious activity.

It seems that Cuba will soon install firewalls that filter all the country’s traffic, as China did.

Although governments put up barriers, people eventually get over it and find a way to communicate. While the really criminals used to hang around and reveal themselves too easily because of the lack of these laws, now they are starting to work more secretly. Innocent ones continue to use the internet in the same way.

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Michael Lewis


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