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Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the sneakernet-or-sneakynet dept.
concealment sends this quote from an article about evading internet censorship with the sneakernet: "Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on Saturday told newspaper publishers from around the Western Hemisphere that 'nothing is changing' in Cuba’s ossified political system and that 'the situation of press freedom in my country is calamitous.' But Sanchez said underground blogs, digital portals and illicit e-magazines proliferate, passed around on removable computer drives known as memory sticks. The small computer memories, also known as flash drives or thumb drives, are dropped into friendly hands on buses and along street corners, offering a surprising number of Cubans access to information. 'Information circulates hand to hand through this wonderful gadget known as the memory stick,' Sanchez said, 'and it is difficult for the government to intercept them. I can't imagine that they can put a police officer on every corner to see who has a flash drive and who doesn't.'"
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Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:27PM (#43220801)

    I got this flash drive from a Cuban and was instructed to relay this message here.

    Hello my friends,
    I would have gotten first post if the stupid messenger got to the computer on time.

    Regards
    Anonymous Cuban

  • by Hermanas (1665329) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:47PM (#43220887)

    I'm still not quite sure what this new-fangled device is they use in Cuba to pass along information. A "memory stick"? "thumb drive"? "Flash drive"? "removable" or "small" "computer memories"? This is all just too much, please explain using a car analogy.

  • by blindbat (189141) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:47PM (#43220889)
    The centurion with access to the KJV would be an impressive story.
  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @12:39AM (#43221063)

    Dear Anonymous Cuban,

    We have your friend. He didn't want to give up your name at first, but after we broke a few of his fingers, he was able to provide us with a description and your whereabouts. We've decided not to pursue the matter, as trying to get first post on an imperialist dog's website isn't a problem for us. However, your friend would appreciate it if next time you didn't use his "no questions asked" courier service for such a trifling matter. When he gets out of jail in three years, you may wish to discuss this with him further.

    Thank you Comrade,

    The Cuban Government

  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @12:56AM (#43221135)

    This is all just too much, please explain using a car analogy.

    Well, imagine a car driven by an angry man. That's cuba. Now imagine a semi truck. That's me. Now imagine you're standing in the middle of the road. You're the flash drive. Cuba tries to take the flash drive, but it's no match for my semi truck, so I run it over. Then I run you over, for asking for a car analogy. And everyone is satisfied, the end.

  • by symbolset (646467) * on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @02:49AM (#43221517) Journal
    Needs to be differentiated from uSDHC, which is what we modern subversives use - it can be hidden under a stamp, in a cheek,tucked in an unlikely place, or just left in the camera. Probably foolishly trying to hide their methods.

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