USAID, which carries the “aid” in its name and which describes itself in the following manner:
“USAID is a development agency, not an intelligence agency, and we work all over the world to help people exercise their fundamental rights and freedoms, and give them access to tools to improve their lives and connect with the outside world.”
has tried in the recent past to establish a low-tech twitter version in Cuba to undermine its government.
USAID has long been accused of being a means of the US government to project soft power and geopolitical competitors of the US government, like Vladimir Putin, claim that USAID has worked to try and destabilize governments that don’t play along, you know, like in Ukraine.
So acting all sneaky and luring people in with
[…]initial messaging includ[ing] “non-controversial content” such as “news messages on soccer, music, and hurricane updates” aimed at building up a user base for the free service, the AP reported.
with the an end goal of:
Once the network reached a critical mass of users, the plan was for operators to introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs” in hope of triggering a “Cuban Spring” (or, as a USAID document put it, to “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society”).
does nothing to disspell this image. Apart from giving all those governments ammunition who want to curtail internet communications, the real casualty here are honest efforts at providing aid in the non-industrialized world, similarly to the damage the CAI fake vaccination drive did to healthcare efforts.