The Blue Light
With the political and economic opening of Cuba, Internet has spread out in the country in recent years - with pilot projects in residential buildings and WLAN - on squares and main streets of different cities and small villages. The squares where people used to chat from the early hours to the end of the day have become huge hot spots. Like a theater plot, all performers are in their positions: in one side the police in uniform and undercover agents, who control the square. On the other side the "Empresarios", the small business owners, who give access to their private hotspot for a CUC per hour. Through amplifiers, they can bridge up to 500 meters the signal and offer a more stable connection than the state network. And, of course, the "Jineteros" and "Jineteras" who try to earn some extra money by selling to the so called "Yumas", a term used to designate all foreigners, WLAN cards for twice its price. Their "psst, psst, Hola my friend, wifi card? " exceeds the twittering of the thousand birds nesting in the trees at sunset. The squares are filled day and night also with tourists, but above all with Cubans. Finally, they can keep contact with family, friends and their beloved ones who live abroad, but also make contacts, do business and known what is going on in the rest of the world in real-time or perhaps discover the latest technical trends.
This photoreportage takes the viewer into a night ride around Cuba. Although the risk of the so called "smobis" invasion is present, this internet phenomenon still develops itself "a lo cubano": in company and happiness.
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