So while del Valle’s point about Zeitgeist looks inaccurate, I wonder if he’s right about his broader charge that Google is “joining the U.S. blockade against Cuba” contrary to President Obama’s expressed desire to “facilitate Cubans’ access to new technologies.”
Del Valle says that Google’s Blogger function has been blocked to Cuban users “on various occasions.” (Blogger is the free, idiot-proof tool and hosting platform that I used to create this blog, and where many of the blogs you read reside.) The same has occurred, he says, with Google Earth, Google Toolbar, and the new web browser Google Chrome.
Recall that U.S. Treasury regulations have blocked Microsoft instant messaging software from Cuban users and that Treasury, in a letter to the Center for Democracy in the
In that Bloomberg story, a Google spokesman says that Treasury regulations affect Google products in the same way, which amounts to another dubious Victory for American Foreign Policy, and another indicator of how much of the Obama Cuba policy remains that of President Bush.
[Update: The Treasury letter referenced above is here.]