In Cuba, An Underground Network Armed With USB Drives Does The Work Of Google And YouTube

In Cuba, An Underground Network Armed With USB Drives Does The Work Of Google And YouTube

In a country nearly devoid of Internet access, the weekly distributors of El Paquete create a window to online content. Huddled around a laptop at the bottom of a stairwell in Havana, a group of three teenage boys banter as they skip between video clips and music. A fourth arrives with some ice cream, which completes a scene reminiscent of teenagers killing time on YouTube. They play an amateur music video in which the singer, looking for a laugh, periodically bangs his head against the wall. Then Beyoncé. Chris Brown.

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