Google executives visit Cuba to promote internet access

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt led a team of Google executives to Cuba over the weekend.

The executive chairman of Google visited Cuba to promote, “a free and open internet,” according to a Twitter post by 14ymedio. That site also reported that the team went to Havana, visiting the University of Information Sciences.

Executives Jared Cohen, Brett Perlmutter and Dan Keyserling joined Schmidt on the trip. Schmidt confirmed business trip in a Google+ post. He said that Havana recalls the “grandeur of Argentina and a Dick Tracy movie.”

The goal was to meet with people in the technology and digital field, and discuss the internet and the U.S. embargo. According to Time, Schmidt wrote, “Cuba will have to open its political and business economy, and the U.S. will have to overcome our history and open the embargo. Both countries have to do something that is hard to do politically, but it will be worth it.”

The Cuban government has yet to make any official statement, according to Reuters. The media there also didn't report on the visit.

image courtesy of INFevents.com

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