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    Alan Gross – More Internet Access in Cuba Will Make Censorship Tougher

    Alan Gross: More Internet Access in Cuba Will Make Censorship Tougher
    by CARMEN SESIN

    MIAMI — Alan Gross, the American subcontractor who was jailed in Cuba
    for five years, joined independent journalists, digital innovators and
    other personalities from the island here for the first Cuba Internet
    Freedom Conference.

    “Its probably easier for the government to sensor now with the small
    usage. But as the usage increases it will become increasingly difficult
    for them,” Gross told NBC Latino at the conference organized by the
    Office of Cuba Broadcasting as part of this week’s Social Media Week in
    Miami.

    “When you have exposure globally then you become part of a world family,
    a global family. One can only benefit from that,” he added.

    The conference is described as bringing together digital innovators,
    journalists from Cuba and others to bring about greater and uncensored
    digital access.

    President Barack Obama authorized the commercial export of certain
    communications equipment and services to expand Cuban Internet access
    and to lower telecommunications costs when the U.S. and Cuba began
    normalizing their relationship.

    Gross has said in the past he would travel to Cuba in a heartbeat now
    that its relationships with the U.S. has eased and Obama has opened up
    travel to the island. Besides visiting a beach and more of Cuba, he
    wants to see and thank the families of his former fellow prison inmates
    who shared food with him, he said.

    When asked why he hasn’t visited the island yet he said he sent two
    emails to the Cuban embassy asking for a time to meet just to talk and
    then after that he would ask for a visa to visit. “But so far they are
    non-responsive,” Gross said.

    Gross, was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison in Cuba
    for importing satellite communications equipment to the Jewish community
    without the permit required by Cuban law. He was working for a
    contractor for USAID He was released in December 2014 when the U.S. and
    Cuba announced they would reestablish diplomatic ties. Since his release
    he has been advocating for the U.S. to lift the trade embargo on Cuba.

    Source: Alan Gross: More Internet Access in Cuba Will Make Censorship
    Tougher – NBC News –
    www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/alan-gross-more-internet-access-cuba-will-make-censorship-tougher-n646971