El Paquete Semanal: Cuba's Sneakernet

How Cubans access the Internet without Internet access

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Thu, Apr 14th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

CON reader Marco P. brings to attention this article on the CBC of El Paquete Semanal, a technically-illegal weekly package of curated digital information containing everything the Internet has to offer — from Wikipedia pages all the way to music and movies — in an offline format.

The "offline internet" trade, as locals describe it, is not strictly legal. The state controls Cuban news and entertainment media. But some speculate the Castro regime turns a blind eye to the underground sneakernet, reasoning it keeps the public desire for widespread internet access at bay.

"You have everything you want to find in the internet on El Paquete," Torres says.

"Everything," he adds, "except for communication."

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