Want to access Skype in Cuba? Without a VPN, you’re out of luck. The service is blocked in the country, along with dozens of other websites, according to new report from the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), which works under the Tor Project. The study, published this week, shows just how censored Cuba’s internet still is.
Researchers from OONI monitored eight different internet access points in three different Cuban cities (Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Santa Clara) between May 29 and and June 10 of this year. Their findings show that 41 different websites are blocked in the country, including the Cuban Free Press Project and Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization that advocates for greater civil liberties around the world. In total, OONI tested nearly 1,500 different websites in order to see which were restricted.
Most of the sites blocked have criticized the Cuban Castro regime (either directly or indirectly) according to the report. News sites that have published articles critical of the Cuban government made up the bulk of restricted sites.
“Prior to traveling to Cuba, we had heard that sites expressing political criticism had been reported to be blocked,” Simone Basso, Maria Xynou, and Arturo Filastò, the researchers behind the study, told me in an email. “However, it was interesting to collect data showing the scale of sites—expressing criticism and defending human rights—actually blocked.” …