Fresh from a visit to Havana, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has described the Internet in Cuba as “trapped in the 1990s,” heavily censored and with a weak infrastructure dominated by Chinese equipment because of the U.S. trade embargo.

The embargo “makes absolutely no sense to U.S. interests,” Schmidt wrote in a column. “If you wish [Cuba] to modernize the best way to do this is to empower the citizens with smart phones [there are almost none today] and encourage freedom of expression and put information tools into the hands of Cubans directly.”

Schmidt’s column was posted on Google and dated Sunday, shortly after he and three other company executives returned from a brief trip to Cuba, where they met with government officials, blogger Yoani Sánchez and visited the Information Sciences University in Havana...



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