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Google execs make first-ever trip to Cuba: report

Schmidt-led team campaigns for greater Web freedom, according to dissident blogger

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A delegation of senior executives from Google Inc, led by executive chairman Eric Schmidt, is visiting Cuba to argue for more open Internet access, Reuters reported, citing a "dissident blogger" who claimed she met the group in Havana.

According to a report on independent news website 14ymedio.com, which was started last month by blogger Yoani Sanchez, the Google delegation met with government officials and tech industry figures to further the company's goal of a "free and open Internet".

While neither Google nor the Cuban government announced the visit officially, Schmidt retweeted Sanchez's post about the visit, in a move interpreted by Reuters as apparent confirmation.

Around 2.6m of Cuba's 11.2 people have online access, but almost all of it is restricted to state-run centres, foreign companies and hotels, according to Reuters. Most of those connections only have access to a narrow selection of government-approved websites.