Guest endymion Posted April 19 Report Share Posted April 19 A contributor to the Miami site CubaNet was arrested on Friday. He was tried without access to an attorney and sentenced to four years in prison. The charges were that he was a "pre-criminal social danger". In other words he was imprisoned on the grounds that he may in the future commit a crime, based on the writing that he contributed to CubaNet. He was imprisoned for contributing articles like this one:Personnel changes reflect decline of Communist youth organizationMATANZAS, Cuba - June 26 (Oscar SÃ¡nchez Madan / www.cubanet.org) - The plenum of the provincial committee of the Union of Communist Youth in Matanzas deposed the organization's first secretary, JosÃ© Anselmo DÃaz, for "errors" committed in the management of the organization, according to an official announcement June 22.Several members of the youth branch of the Party who asked to remain anonymous, said the deposition reflect unhappiness with the organization's performance at higher levels. One member said the organization's performance had "weakened" in recent years, especially in the ideological sphere, and also cited the failure to motivate younger members.This journalist, Oscar Madan, was easy for the Cuban government to monitor because his communications with CubaNet in Miami traveled over computer networks that the Cuban government owns and controls. A simple private email link between Cuban journalists and CubaNet in Miami could have prevented this injustice, and could enable more independent journalistic accounts from the island.If a handful of guys with a shoestring budget could launch a machine that flew around Jupiter, then through the rings of Saturn, then landed safely on a totally unexplored moon where they didn't even know if they were landing on solid ground or a liquid ocean, then we can create a simple private email link to a person 200 miles south of us.Here is how you can help. Right now. Today. You don't have to be an engineer or a software developer to help. I have a very preliminary prototype Java applet for powering an email-carrying sneakernet. I'm trying to package the cryptographic magic in that applet that will be required to keep sneakernet emails private from eavesdroppers like Cuban police or North Korean border guards who will manage to confiscate some of the data storage devices. The preliminary applet runs in emulators when I test it, but so far I have not been able to successfully run it on my actual phone handset.To help me move forward, please download the prototype sneakernet applet from the Information Without Borders web site and see if you can install it and run it on your mobile phone. That's all that I need right now. The applet doesn't move data yet, I'm just trying to verify that the cryptography software will run in an applet from a phone. I believe that my phone might not work because it supports the "MIDP 1.0" standard but not the newer "MIDP 2.0". All that I need to know is whether you can get the applet to run, or if you get an error message. If you see example screens like the ones in the pictures from the emulator then it's working. Those screens don't do anything so don't expect to be able to send email with it yet or anything like that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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