By CaféFuerte

chromeHAVANA TIMES — Internet giant Google announced Wednesday that its Chrome browser can now be downloaded in Cuba. The change comes as part of an easing of some United States sanctions against the island.

“In the last two years we have achieved that Chrome is downloadable in Syria and Iran. We are happy to report that Internet users in Cuba can now use Chrome too, and surf the web faster and safer than ever before,” said a message posted in the afternoon at Google Plus, the social network of the company.

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, traveled to Havana in June along with the directors of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, Brett Perlmutter and Dan Keyserling. The entrepreneurs met with Cuban authorities, visited the University of Computer Sciences, and met with the blogger Yoani Sanchez.

The availability of Google is possible thanks to the relaxation of US export controls and trade sanctions, said the message from Google.



19 thoughts on “Cuba Gets OK to Download Google Chrome

  • I know Cuba as well as you. I am a Canadian and have been there 27 times. Your negative description is written like a Yahoo Yankee without understanding of a society that is clearly different and free of the commercial domination of American media and life. I advocate changes in Cuba … as I do in Canada elsewhere … but I am more open-minded to understand the reasons and benefits the Cuban people have achieved from resisting the Americanization of their country.

  • Dani you miss one critical point which is simply that the average Cuban does not have access to the Internet. That is a consequence of the Castro family regime policy. I know because I live more than half my time at home in one of Cuba’s provincial capitals. There are no hotels and there are no means of accessing the Internet. Hence for prolonged periods I am unable to contribute to this site or others. (No doubt a welcome relief for the Socialismo supporters) The only sight that more than 95% of Cubans have of sites like Facebook and Twitter is when the Castro family regime TV media show carefully selected quotes from such sites all of which support regime policies and views and none of which criticize them in any way.
    Cubans at large are unaware of ths spats to which you refer. They live in a different world where for fifty five years any access to information has been controlled and manipulated by the Castro family regime. There are – as is obvious from some of the contributions to this site – those who suffering from socialist myopia and academic Fabian thinking discuss their theories in preference to addressing reality.
    The reality is that either one is opposed to the Castro family regime form of Socialismo dictatorship or one supports such oppression. There is no middle path. I oppose Socialismo – how about you?

  • Regarding the internet cable, I remember that the Obama administration wanted to deploy a submarine internet cable from Florida to Cuba, but the Cuban authorities wanted the US to pay a charge of 60 cents per minute as a precondition for setting up the cable, and thus the planned internet cable never came into fruition.
    It’s good that Google Chrome has reached Cuba 16 years after the creation of the internet tech giant that invented Google Chrome. After all, the Obama administration gave telecom companies an opportunity to seek a license to do business with Cuba for the sake of fracturing the wall of censorship in Cuba. The fact that Google was worried about giving the regime the technology it could use for online oppression of the Cuban people was the main reason why Google waited a few years to allow Chrome into the Pearl of the Antilles.

  • It may be that Grundig is of inferior quality although I was advised that it was the short wave radio most likely to work in Cuba. My experience living in Cuba and in possession of the said radio, is that in over two years of endeavor I ONCE got one of those typical USA religious stations – no others. The Castro family regime bans the importation of dishes which would enable the reception of TV from elsewhere. There is fortunately much much more to the world than US TV programs and cinema. An increasing number of US residents are watching BBC World News for widespread information about the world and more accurate reporting than they are able to receive from US stations. My preference would be to see films irrespective of origin and there are many, about the many aspects of life other than violence in the USA.
    You are correct in saying that there are in particular romantic latin american soaps – the ladies of Cuba adore them as they show lovely houses with women wearing beautiful clothes in what for Cuban women is an unattainable and mythical world. 8.00 p.m. and the ladies are glued!
    You omit to say that Cubans at large do not have access to the Internet and in consequence are unable to access Facebook or the Havana Times. Thanks for explaining smart mob. The only Ho I can find in the dictionary is Ho Chi Minh and the former Saigon now named after him.
    Regarding broadcasting from other countries, Chanel 25 does carry probably all the interminable speeches of Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela – although he has sufficient gift of the gab to speak for hours, he is far from matching Fidel Castro Ruz at his peak of verbal diarrhoea. But where Madura has the edge, is that he does it day after tedious day. His energies would be better utlized in addressing inflation which is now far in excess of that achieved by Chavez (average of 26.9% for his last five years). However, sufficient about the 5 Cuban TV channels all of which are controlled by the regime.

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