As directed in the June 16, 2017, National Security Presidential Memorandum “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the Department of State created the Cuba Internet Task Force (CITF) to examine the technological challenges and opportunities for expanding Internet access and freedom of expression in Cuba.
The CITF is comprised of representatives from relevant departments and agencies of the U.S. government and Internet-related non-governmental organizations and private-sector entities.
December 6, 2018 Public Meeting
The CITF hosted a second public meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at the Harry S. Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC.
During the inaugural meeting in February, the Task Force created two subcommittees to explore challenges and opportunities for expanding internet access in Cuba. The December 6 meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the subcommittees’ findings and recommendations.
February 7, 2018 Inaugural Meeting
The inaugural meeting was held February 7, 2018, at the Harry S. Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC. Notice of the CITF’s inaugural meeting was published January 22, 2018, in the Federal Register and announced by the Department.
During the inaugural meeting, the Task Force agreed to form two subcommittees, one to explore the role of media and the free and unregulated flow of information in Cuba, and one to explore Internet access in Cuba. The subcommittees will provide the Task Force a preliminary report of recommendations within six months based on input from relevant experts and stakeholders. The Task Force agreed to reconvene in October 2018 to review the preliminary reports, after which it will prepare a final report with recommendations for the Secretary of State and the President.
Those interested in being considered for participation on a subcommittee should email CubaITF@state.gov with an explanation of their relevant experience and interest.
Members of the public may submit written comments to the Task Force via email. Comments may be published at the discretion of the Task Force. Please do not include any private or personal information in your comment. The CITF will not respond directly to comments, but will consider all relevant comments in its work.