Google execs head to Cuba as Cold War ice thaws

google_cromeHAVANA,15 Mar. Cuba might have one of many lowest charges of web entry on the planet, however that hasn’t dissuaded Google from sending over a few of its main lights.

Executives from its in-home assume tank Google Ideas are on a go to to the communist island ? which is within the throes of making an attempt to normalize relations with america ? to tour universities and meet pc science college students, information portal Cubadebate stated on Friday.
They embrace the deputy director of Google Ideas, Scott Carpenter, and Brett Perlmutter, a prime Google determine who went to Cuba final June with government chairman Eric Schmidt.

The newest guests met college students on the University of Information Science (UCI) in Havana, a technological institute and a number of other public pc facilities recognized as ‘Youth Clubs.’
Just 3.4% of households in Cuba are related to the web and the federal government retains tight management over the online, although it vowed final month to “put the web on the service of all” to stimulate financial progress.

The historic announcement in December that Washington and Havana would resume relations after greater than 5 many years of Cold War animosity has raised Cubans’ hopes that they might quickly have common web entry by way of america. It has additionally put corporations within the US and past on alert, hoping to money in on the rapprochement.
“It cannot be a coincidence that two of the highest executives visiting the nation belong to Google Ideas, the subsidiary devoted to ‘exploring how know-how can allow individuals to confront threats within the face of battle, instability and repression,’ as its mission assertion reads,” stated Cubadebate.

The information portal stated college students advised the executives that they nonetheless couldn’t obtain sure purposes from the Google Play on-line retailer to their cell telephones regardless of Google’s current transfer to unblock Cubans’ entry.
Cubadebate stated the scholars additionally expressed curiosity in promoting video video games developed at UCI on Google Play. But the Google workforce stated it will “not be potential for the second,” the web site stated.