The Cuban government keeps slowly easing restrictions to access to the internet for its citizens. On the one hand, Cuba has opened many new Wi-Fi public access points nationwide recently and is now unveiling CUBA, redcuba.com. “ Contenidos Unificados para Búsqueda Avanzada” (Unified Content for an Advanced Searches), as a Cuban alternative to Google.
The most remarkable aspect of the CUBA portal is that it provides a search engine for websites using the .cu domain. According to its developers CUBA provides the user a “faster and more efficient” search engine. The project was developed at UCI, the University of Information Science, and the creators guarantee that from the moment of its launching CUBA contained 500,000 indexed web pages, 6,695 of them using the .cu domain.
The new site joins other digital “imitation” projects such as Eucred (the Cuban Wikipedia) and La Tendera, which competes with Facebook.