Cuba's Digital Millenials: Independent Digital Media and Civil Society on the Island of the Disconnected

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Ted H. Henken

Professor, City University of New York
October 23, 2017

Despite a state monopoly over mass media and low Internet access, Cuba has recently witnessed the emergence of a rich variety of independent  digital media projects. This presentation examined the challenges that a selection of them face to establish their legitimacy, maintain their autonomy, and become visible to the Cuban public in a highly polarized and contested public sphere.

Henken chronicled the process whereby they have consciously embraced the challenge of providing credible news and information to the Cuban public, targeting the demand for reliable reportage unmet by the propagandistic official media.