According to Diario de Cuba, “The regime in Havana on Wednesday called on the United Nations to take ‘effective and urgent’ steps to deal with ‘new threats related to information and communications technology.'”

Havana denounced “the militarization of cyberspace, covert and illegal computer systems to attack states, cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism”. Meanwhile, Cuba remains among the most disconnected countries in the world with regards to basic internet access.

In May 2011 the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council “exploring key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet.” The report made 88 recommendations on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression online, including several to secure access to the Internet for all. Other recommendations call on states to respect online anonymity, adopt privacy and data protection laws, and to decriminalize defamation.

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