Yoani Sánchez about the Web Paqs for Cuba project
New technology allows Cubans in Cuba
access to websites banned by the Castro regime
Sept. 25 - Since September of 2012, we have been working in collaboration
with the webmaster of the blog La Singularidad Cuba (The Cuba
Singularity) to help young Cubans to break the Internet blockade imposed
by the Castro brothers.
I have always thought that the worst enemy of a totalitarian regime is
the Internet, together with the new technologies that have been
developed in the last few years.
Therealcuba.com together with the blogLa Singularidad Cuba
is making available weekly updates to an “Offline Web Package for
Cubans” available for download.
The packages contain various high demand websites banned in Cuba.
They can be downloaded by any person in any country that has
free Internet access, decompressed and copied into USB flash drives,
cell phone's internal memory, SD cards for cell phones, DVDs or any
other type of electronic media.
Another video from Cuba: Using an iPod to navigate the
Dec. 10 - More and more WebPaqs continue arriving in Cuba.
This time, the video shows someone inside Cuba using an iPod at a park
to navigate through the more than 30 different websites containe on the WebPaq, including Cubanet, El Nuevo Herald, Cruzar Las Alambradas,
Revolico, Generación Y, etc.
If you want to cooperate in this project but don't
know or cannot download the packages yourself to send it to contacts in
Cuba, you can help by donating to this project to help purchase the
DVDs, flash memory, SD cards for cell phones and with the cost of
sending them to Cuba on a weekly basis.
Yoani: Cuban authorities are worried about web paqs circulating
Sept. 13 -
Tweet from Yoani Sánchez:
"Authorities worried because of "packages" or "combos" with a collection
of audiovisuals in the black market"
As I have
said before, projects like Web Paqs for Cuba are the best way to
bypass the blockade at the Internet, put in place by the Castro
dictatorship to prevent Cubans in the island from knowing what's
happening inside Cuba and in the rest of the world.
learn more about Web Paqs for Cuba and how you can get involved in this
Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
El Nuevo Herald: Experts in Miami break
the censorship to the Internet in Cuba
November 11 - Jorge Utset and a group of computer experts work
diligently every weekend on a mission as ingenious as it is risky:
expand the flow of uncensored information to Cuba by sending USB drives,
CDs and SIM memory cards for cell phones.
Each unit contains a thorough and comprehensive "package" of more than
twenty websites, blogs and online news portals that Cuban authorities
block consistently on the island in order to curb opposition voices and
continue to control with an iron fist a monopoly on the news.
"We are always looking for ways to help ordinary people in Cuba to have
access to information," said Utset, a Miami-based Cuban American.
Utset explained that they use an advanced technology that allows users
on the island to "surf" the content of websites that are recorded in
Miami and that the user in Cuba can without the user in Cuba having the
need to connect to the internet.
"We record the material in very small memory cards and DVDs that are
difficul to be be intercepted by the Cuban authorities," said Utset.
Shipments of memory drives, CDs and SIM cards began three months ago. To
date over 150 'web packages' have been successfully sent to the island
through different means, including people traveling to the island,
agencies that send packages to Cuba and other means.
The websites that are recorded regularly for Cubans on the island
include El Nuevo Herald, the Cuban Law Association, Revolico and Cubanet.
But not all is political information and news dispatches. The group has
also been given the task to include beauty tips, entertainment, humor
and sports on each web package.
"The last package had between 25 and 30 sites. Each package has the
complete information that is on the website. We're not talking about a
page or maybe the cover. The entire site is downloaded" said Utset.
he Cuban regime boring 'response' to our offline WebPaqs project
Dec. 26 - The number of offline WebPaqs reaching Cuba continues to grow
and beginning in January it will go full blast thanks to new
partnerships we have formed inside and outside Cuba.
Now, the Cuban regime wants to copy what we are doing and have their
boring Ecured, a cheap Wikipedia knock-off full of propaganda and lies,
available offline for cell phones and for those without access to the
Internet. They are planning to send it to other countries including the
US. It is a sign that the WebPaqs are having an effect.
But, the reality is they simply cannot compete with the offline versions
of Wikipedia that are already available and distributed in Cuba or with
the WebPaqs that offer more than 40 diverse and interesting websites
featuring sports, entertainment and popular banned blogs.
No one will stop them from sending their garbage here because this is a
free country where everyone can read whatever they want, but very few
people will waste their time reading the garbage put up by the Castro
brothers propaganda machine.
As a matter of fact, anyone here has access to anything that the Castro
regime puts on the Internet, because the Internet here is not blocked,
as it is in Castro's Cuba.
We will continue sending more and more WebPaqs to Cuba to provide the
Cuban people the information their brutal rulers want to prevent them
from having. Click here to read Castro's Cuba declaration of
Cyber War (Spanish)
Noticiero Telemundo Sunday November 11,
Maria Elvira Salazar TV Program Monday
November 12, 2012
A second video from Cuba of another user demonstrating
the Offline Web Package navigation
This video is much clearer than the previous one:
A few weeks ago we reported that we were working together with
the webmaster of the blog La Singularidad Cuba
(The Cuba Sigularity), to help young Cubans break the Internet blockade
imposed by the Castro brothers, through the use of the Offline Web
Package technology, which allows access to currently blockaded news and
information websites without requiring access to the Internet.
The results so far, both from inside and outside Cuba, have exceeded our
This video taken inside Cuba, see the CubaCel logo at the beginning and
end of the video, demonstrates how Offline Web Package navigation works
using a cell phone with Symbian technology (typically used in outdated
and low cost cell-phones in underdeveloped countries such as Castro’s
The video shows navigation of the package using the web browser Opera
Mobile. Two websites are navigated as a demo, including “Generation Y"
of prominent Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez, which are blockaded inside
As can be seen, free blogs, news and entertainment sites can now be
available to Cuban youth through this technology. No more information
monopoly for the Castro regime. From now on waiting at bus stops will
not be so boring for young Cubans.
Many thanks to those who are downloading and helping disseminate these
packages, specially those inside Cuba who are taking a risk when copying
and distributing them among their friends and relatives.
For this project to succeed we need as many people as possible to get
If you want to help, but cannot download the Offline Packages yourself
or don't have people to send it to inside Cuba, you can still help by
sending a donation to therealcuba.com or contacting us directly to
become an sponsor.
This will help pay for the cost of purchasing DVDs, flash memory, SD
cards for cell phones and other media and for delivering them to people
inside Cuba, who in turn are copying and distributing them among their
You can also send a
check to: The Real Cuba - PO Box 835308 - Miami FL 33283-5308
These packages are not only being sent to Havana, but also to other
cities in Cuba. We will keep you informed of further developments
regarding this project.
All of these media are very cheap, small and can easily be sent to
people in Cuba that are hungry for this type of information.
In the last 2 months, we have sent several of these shipments to Cuba
using different types of media and they have not only been received, but
also the people who received them made many more copies to distribute
among friends and relatives.
Each package includes not only websites like El Nuevo Herald and Yoani
Sanchez' Generación Y, with news and information about Cuba and the rest
of the world, but also websites that have to do with sports,
entertainment and other subjects of interest to young Cubans.
However, for this to be really effective, we need as many people as
possible participating in this project and for the shipments to be sent
to different cities and rural towns in Cuba.
See a video of how it works. Browsing offline websites from a smart
phone disconnected from the Internet:
I hope you'll join us in this project. If you have any questions or
suggestions please send me an e-mail to
Also, visit our blog with questions and answers (Spanish): Blog