Washington DC – Senator Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) Bipartisan Open Technology Fund Authorization Law allows Cuban activists to access the internet to organize and share real-time social media updates after the shutdown of Internet service by the Communist government.
Psiphon, an internet censorship circumvention tool funded by the US Agency for World Media’s Open Technology Fund, has allowed freedom-loving Cubans to access the internet and continue to organize protests. Daily unique users have reached over 146,000 since the start of the demonstrations.
“Socialism and communism lead to pain and suffering, and Cuba is the perfect example,” said Senator Blackburn. “The repressive Cuban government is trying to crush the protests by cutting off Internet access to Cubans who rebel against communism.
“Yet more than 146,000 Cubans continue to have daily access to the Internet through open source tools supported by the bipartisan open technology fund that my colleagues and I have championed. The United States must do everything in its power to support those who oppose authoritarian regimes, ”said Senator Blackburn.
Psiphon technology background
Psiphon is one of the most advanced and widely used circumvention tools in the world, providing access to uncensored content to millions of users. Psiphon’s robust bypass technology has consistently proven effective in the world’s most censored contexts.
As a large-scale technology project, Psiphon will continue its long-standing support to the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) by helping the public discover and access USAGM content through its own app and by ensuring that USAGM news apps are not censored.
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