Web developers gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'

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MIAMI (AP) — Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere.

The "Hackathon for Cuba" begins Friday in Miami.

Cuban dissident and online activist Yoani Sanchez is expected to deliver opening remarks at a reception via Skype.

On Saturday, computer programmers and others will develop ideas for smartphone applications that could be used to address the challenges citizens face on the communist island: censorship, limited access to cellphones and the Internet, and expensive service.

Developer Jose Pimienta says he hopes to find ways to help friends and family on the island.

The event is organized by the nonprofit Roots of Hope, along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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