Google today announced the release of Chrome in Cuba. Citizens of the country can now grab the browser directly from Google.com.cu.

The block was originally enforced in accordance with US export controls and economic sanction regulations. The company didn’t explain why Cubans can suddenly download Chrome starting today, but it did say, “As these trade restrictions evolve we’ve been working to figure out how to make more tools available in sanctioned countries.”

Google first blocked the use of Chrome within sanctioned countries like Syria and Iran back in October 2008 (the browser launched in September 2008). In January 2011, the company unblocked Chrome use in Iran (along with Google Earth and Picasa) and in May 2012 did the same in Syria. Now Cuba can join in the fun too.



Recent Articles

Date Title
11/21/14 Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment
AP, Miami Herald
11/19/14 Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy
Oliver Knox, Yahoo News
11/18/14 Why Entrepreneurship Matters in Cuba
Susan Segal, Americas Quarterly
11/17/14 A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
11/14/14 Yearning for a challenge, two top chefs plan restaurant in Cuba
Noe Torres, Reuters
11/12/14 Senators: We're Optimistic Cuba to Free Contractor
AP, ABC News
11/12/14 The new realities of running a business in Cuba
Jonathan Wolfe, Cristian Science Monitor
11/11/14 New York Times goes on a Cuban crusade
Thomas Sparrow, BBC
11/10/14 Aid agency rules would ban risky undercover work
Desmond Butler and Jack Gillum, AP
11/10/14 In Cuba, Misadventures in Regime Change
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
11/10/14 Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors
Mary O'Grady, The Wall Street Journal
11/4/14 Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship
Yoani Sanchez, The Huffington Post
11/4/14 Cuba seeks over $8 billion in foreign investment
Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, AP
11/3/14 A Prisoner Swap With Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times