Internet in Cuba: Regulations, Not Censorship

Internet in Cuba: Regulations, Not Censorship
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21 August 2021
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The socialization of the new rules to regulate Internet activity in Cuba has caused a stir on the networks. It was expected. New campaigns are organized to denounce the law. And it’s repeated —without knowing facts— that the measures seek to censor the free expression of ideas or criticism.

It’d be convenient to review what’s legislated in most of the world, in several countries of Europe and America. There are very strict laws aimed at guaranteeing computer security, protecting citizens, avoiding expressions of hatred and summoning to violence. The idea that the virtual space is a lawless space is simply an anomaly. Any area of ​​social interaction requires a regulatory framework.

This is not about limiting the free expression of ideas, it’s not about restricting legitimate public debate. It’s about guaranteeing the right to national sovereignty when Internet is used with the intention of subverting political systems and the constitutional order, overthrowing governments or justifying destabilizing, economic or interfering public actions. It’s also about guaranteeing peace and security for all citizens, avoiding cyberbullying, and achieving a space free from aggression. The Internet cannot be a lawless land. Only those who use the benefits of cyberspace for such purposes can stand against this new regulation.

There are matters that transcend the most intimate sphere of citizens, which have to do with national security. They will have to be explained thoroughly. But citizens can rest assured that a gag law is not being proposed, that their rights will not be violated. Regulation, not censorship.

Translated by Amilkal Labañino / CubaSí Translation Staff

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