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May 31,2018

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Digital Service Learning — The Workshop

When I first saw and responded to the outreach notice for workshop panelists who could offer some guidance in the field of Digital Service Learning, on the Boston digital humanities list way back last August, the opportunity felt like a natural one to follow-up with. More here.


February 6, 2018

A Cultural History of Cuba and the Literacy Campaign of 1961

A+G-508crTwo Programs:  February 1 & 2

Alan West-DuránA Cultural History of Cubabook launch — reading, discussion, Q&A — Thursday, Feb 1, noon-2:00, Northeastern University, Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies. Alan hosted the Friday program.

Friday, Feb 2, 7:00 at Encuentro 5. Griselda Aguilera Cabrera was a seven-year-old teacher in Cuba’s 1961 Revolutionary Literacy Campaign, one of nine women featured in “Maestra,” the award-winning documentary whose synopsis begins: “250,000 volunteer teachers joined the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same.”  Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity.  Following a showing of the 32-minute documentary, Griselda spoke about Cuban education then and now and entertained questions on a wide range of topics. Some scenes of the Friday program are available here.


November 3, 2017

“U.S. Cuba Policy from Obama to Trump — It’s Not What It Looks Like at All”

Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA 2017)
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
International Transboundary Coordination and Conflict Track
Saturday, November 4, 3:30-4:45


October 21, 2017

Special Greetings and Regrets

This is a slightly edited version of a communication to the co-chairs of the National Network on Cuba ( and some other folks, on the occasion of the annual national conference, held this year in Seattle, at the Washington State Labor Council HQ on 16th Avenue S., October 20-22.

  • Subject:  Special greetings and regrets re NNOC conference
  • Date: Oct 19, 2017 11:55 AM

Greg, Nalda, Cheryl, Banbose, Alicia — Having done projects with all of you, and with Miguel, Lee, and Ike whom I am cc’ing this along to, as well as others whom I’ve met at the last two NNOC conferences, I want to say how truly sorry I am not to be joining with you this weekend and send you all my best wishes for an energizing and successful gathering and hopes to see you before next year’s meeting. As anticipated, I am somewhat exhausted from the conclusion of five months of organizing the Boston-area Leonardo Padura festival that has just ended.

I believe the festival site — at — exemplifies why Padura is so important to US-Cuba relations and the Solidarity movement.  That this festival was sponsored by the July 26th Boston-Cuba Solidarity Coalition has given us a special visibility both for ourselves and to others.  I hope it is an opportunity we can build upon and look forward to doing so, along with our other important cultural-political work.

Once again, I wish you the best in solidarity, abrazos,

— peter


May 31, 2017

Cuba Project Update:, “Complicity” presentation at BU Conference

Over the first part of the year, development of an updated Boston-Cuba Solidarity Coalition web presence took place and became official early this month; much of the Cuba Technology Project now takes place there.

Thursday, June 22, “COMPLICITY: How US Community and NonProfit Technology Has Been Complicit in Some Very Ugly Cuba ‘Regime Change’ Policies and Practices — And What To Do About It,” one of two papers written for the National Cuba Conference workshops in March (see below), will be delivered at “#ScreenTimeBU 2017: Fake News, Real Emotion, and The Mediated Self,” the Graduate Student Conference of the Division of Emerging Media Studies, at Boston University.  Presentation outline/notes.


February 14, 2017

Workshops for the in NYC, March 24-26

  • National Legislative Action to End the Embargo and Opportunities for Local Campaigns to Play a Major Role” — with Andrea Fernandez Aponte, The Latin America Working Group (; Tim Craine, the Greater Hartford Cuba Coalition; Pepe Rossy, Albany-Cuba Solidarity, and Peter Miller, in Boston. The session is informed by a review of last year’s four successful municipal campaigns, as published by here.
  • “Technology and Digital Media Support for Cuba and the Solidarity Movement,” with Charlie Welch, Boston-Cuba Solidarity and; Sam Kellogg, North American Congress on Latin America (; Cheryl LaBash, the National Network on Cuba (; Danny Spitzberg (, NPOTechCoop Cuba project; Peter Miller, and the Progressive Technology Cuba Project. The session is informed by the short paper “Complicity: How US Community and NonProfit Technology Has Been Complicit in Some Very Ugly Cuba ‘Regime Change’ Policies and Practices — And What To Do About It,” available here.

More information available here.


January 13, 2017

Oberlin — Directory page for 50th reunion

Memories and life since Oberlin meld together, witness the following notice from a year and a half ago:

Mini-50th Reunion
            Tim and Leslie Hart Craine (both, ’65) and Peter Miller (’67) caught up on October 17, 2015 at the “The Future of U.S.-Cuban Relations” Conference at Central Connecticut State University…

More here.


December 8, 2016

Dr. Digipol on Cuba, Technology, and US-Cuba Relations

The Dr. Digipol Show with Alan Rosenblatt:
     Cuba, Technology & Normalizing US-Cuba Relations
Featuring Nalda Vigezzi, Greg Klave, & Cheryl LaBash
from the National Network on Cuba
Thursday, December 15, 4:00-5:00pm (EST)

Nearing the two year anniversary of the historic December 17, 2014 joint normalization announcements by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, we talk with three of the five co-chairs in the National Network on Cuba about the implications of the death of Fidel Castro and the new regime of president-elect Donald Trump for US-Cuba relations.  Nalda, Greg, and Cheryl will also discuss the use of media and technology they co-ordinate for the network of solidarity groups – the web site and listserv, its Facebook page and webinars, organizing and advising local film and video festivals. More here.


July 18, 2016

New Guantanamo Film — July 26 Cuba holiday premiere at the Coolidge Corner Library


May 12, 2016

Community Technology in Cuba Update:  Report on the April 2016 Delegation


July 12, 2015

Community Technology in Cuba Project Report Between a Rock and a Hard Place

There are a couple of key markers, stopping off points on the Community Technology road between the US and Cuba, and an especially useful one is It’s got prime resources and lessons to teach, about what to do, and what not to do.

What’s not to like? — is a bilingual “international network of students and young professionals working to inspire young people across the globe to think about Cuba and proactively support our young counterparts on the island through innovative means.” As “a nonprofit, nonpartisan movement,” it’s supported with big name endorsers, a funding program, travel support, and a “Tech4Cuba” component, gathering and distributing new and used equipment.

The show-stopper for this self-proclaimed “nonprofit, non-partisan” effort is near the bottom of the page:

“Right now, 11 million people in Cuba are systematically denied the ability to exercise their most fundamental rights and actualize their full potential. Living under the Western Hemisphere’s last dictatorship, Cuba’s people are denied their most basic rights of free speech, free association and information freedom.”

For more, see the full report here.


April 20, 2015

Draft papers on Manuel Castell’s Information Age Trilogy and Ed Schwartz’s NetActivism Available for Comment

I’ve recently completed two drafts, each still needing more work, but both well enough along that despite their embarrassments, ellipses, and other failings, there’s enough in the attempts to merit making them quasi-public for review, feedback, and suggestions.  Their long titles tell the story of what they’re trying to do and are linked to the drafts:

Manuel Castells’ Information Age Trilogy and the Epic Tradition of Political Theory — Marxist and Weberian Transformations


Ed Schwartz and NetActivism, Theory and Practice:  Legacy and Lessons for Localism, Civic Education, and Community Organizing

Should either strike a chord of interest and you take a look, know that your comments will be appreciated.


October 7, 2014

BIG News:  Ethel Weiss, Larry Lessig, Kathy Bisbee and the Road Ahead

BIG, the Brookline Interactive Group, formerly Brookline Access TV (BATV), is currently blessed with at least two major productions of special note — the first, on Ethel Weiss and Irving’s Toy Store, not only for its presentation of one of Brookline’s true town heroines and institutions, but also for the unique behind-the-scenes story it holds, its well-conceived and exemplary video production values, and the key role that BIG/BATV staff played in its development.

The second video is Larry Lessig’s recent League of Women Voters-sponsored “MayDay: The Fight to Save American Democracy” presentation, Lawrence Lessig, reknown Harvard Law School Faculty member specializing in — Telecommunications — radical activist and founder of the superpac to end superpacs and champion of real campaign finance reform. It’s Larry Lessig, because, as he points out from the packed and overflowing Selectmen’s hearing/meeting room on the sixth floor of Town Hall, that’s where his home is, a mile away. It’s a major town event.

Together these videos — along with a host of other fine productions — play key roles on the Brookline Public Access cable channel, Comcast channel 23, RCN channel 15, the 24/7 ongoing, online multi-media re-presentation of Brookline’s public face. (for more, see BIG News 10-07-14).


July 2, 2014

“Innovations in Community Media and Technology: 3/29/12 Live from Brookline, MA and Webcast Everywhere” — Guide to the 12-Minute Version

A variety of long-range considerations and circumstances of the moment, including the current search for a new Executive Director for the Brookline Interactive Group, formerly Brookline Access Television, make a review of this live program especially timely… (for more, see Innovations Guide).


This site houses my recent academic and journalistic work, on community technology centers (CTCs) and telecentres, Journal of Community Informatics (JoCI) eTextbook material, article links for pieces in, and other community media and technology resources that have been developed in the last few years along with some older related matters, including archival information for The Community Technology Review, its predecessor and successor.  I’m reachable about any of these things at —pbm