Who's Really Writing Those Emails in Cuba?
Vic. I wonder if you could let me know what you think about those emails which arrive from Cuba.
Who do you think is actually typing the words?.
I've been corresponding with my friend in Cuba for almost two years now and his emails arrive from different accounts with different names.
Obviously from friends or colleagues who work in an organisaton which have access to the net at a university, hospital or clinic.
It can be quite inhibiting at times because you never know who is actually writing the emails and who's reading them.
I am aware that Big Brother in Cuba reads all emails in and out of Cuba regardless of who's writing them.
My friend says he is the one who is typing the words and sitting at a computer.
But I have often wondered does he in fact give a note with what to write to a friend who types the email on his behalf.
What do you think Vic? From your experience and indepth knowledge of Cuba do Cubans pay others to write the mail for them?.
ANSWER by Vic Webmaster
Well first this Jessica, I am no clairvoyant! You can't see who's tapping the keyboard. Having said this I can tell my experience.
In normal circumstances a Cuban citizen goes to an
official internet cafe, and opens a Correo de Cuba email account (Cuban Post Office). You have to pay for the account and buy a fixed amount of "time credits" this can be a (money) problem for some Cubans. The Cubans themselfs type the text on one of the computers (10-15) available. The waiting time in the queues can be very long, sometimes many hours. Technical problems, occur frequently. So Cubans are a creative people and seek for solutions.
One of these solutions is to ask a friend or family member to type and send a (pre)written message. In this case there is no privacy, the sender reads the message too! Another solution used, your sender asks a friend (family) to use his computer / email account to send a message to you, so you might receive messages from different Cuban email accounts. Renting email accounts and email time is a widespread way to earn a little (black) money. Cubans that frequently use different email accounts use a kind of code, usually nicknames to indicate who's writing. For example when a friend write you from an unknown email address, but he starts the message... Hola, your "Black Chicken" (or "Black Dog") is here, when he's known under the nickname "Black Chicken". Cubans like to use "coded" language and nicknames. They do not write about politics, Big Brother is watching, but they use innocent words and names. When they speak about Papi, Tio (uncle), La China, La Gorda, La Rubia, etc. everyone knows who they mean. The problem with the different email accounts is that you frequently have to check your Spam filters, to check for mails from unknown and blocked addresses. When you frequently communicate with a friend you recognize after time his writing style, topics, words frequently used, misspellings etc. This can proof the origin of the writer.