Disconnected (and Detained) in Cuba: My 'Third Metric' Experience

July 10, 2014 3:02 PM

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Disconnected (and Detained) in Cuba: My 'Third Metric' Experience

In the late night hours of March 26, 2014, I was being questioned in a police station in Havana, Cuba. I had no cell service and no Internet. And you know what? It was glorious. I was completely and utterly disconnected. Even in a moment when digital technology would have served me well to get in touch with my group mates -- and not just to provide an Instagram-checking distraction -- I was still OK. Actually, I was more than OK; I was liberated.

Let me backtrack to where this story began. It actually traces back to elementary school, when my Spanish teacher instilled in me a life-long passion in her native Cuba. It became my goal to one day reestablish diplomatic relations between our countries, and I carried this desire throughout my acade...

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