No Commotion in Cuba yet

Tracey Eaton*

Cubans waiting in line to check their email.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Cubans waiting in line to check their email. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – A surveillance-resistant tool called Commotion is not yet operational in Cuba, the U.S. Agency for International Development told the New York Times.

The Open Technology Institute created Commotion, an open-source tool that would allow democracy activists in Cuba and other nations to build independent wireless networks. I wrote about it in March 2013 (See “Cuba likely target for mesh network”).

Mesh networks, originally designed for military applications, allow activists to operate independent of central authorities’ communication infrastructure.

The Times said the U.S. government sees its mesh network in Sayada, Tunisia, “as a test of the concept before it is deployed in more contested zones.”

In September 2012, USAID gave the New America Foundation $4.3 million for a three-year Cuba project. OTI is part of the foundation.

USAID spokesman Matt Herrick told the Times: “We are reviewing the program, and it is not operational in Cuba at this time. No one has traveled to Cuba for this grant.”

(*) Tracey Eaton publica su blog alongthemalecon.

One thought on “No Commotion in Cuba yet

  • I don’t think this will be available up here in the U.S., for our own citizens, even though “we” paid for it! I take it for granted that all my posts and e-mails are monitored by the N.S.A. (and I’m not even flattering myself that anything I have to say, or communicate, is of importance).


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