Doug Bernard covers cyber-issues for VOA, focusing on Internet privacy, security and censorship circumvention. Previously he edited VOA’s “Digital Frontiers” blog, produced the “Daily Download” webcast and hosted “Talk to America”, for which he won the International Presenter of the Year award from the Association for International Broadcasting. He began his career at Michigan Public Radio, and has contributed to "The New York Times," the "Christian Science Monitor," SPIN and NPR, among others. You can follow him @dfrontiers.
The morning rush hour in downtown Caracas may look like any other, but dig just a little bit and one can see how different it really is.
The Metro rail by and large doesn’t work, and the buses are unreliable. Electricity is spotty and prone to fail, just like Wi-Fi and the Internet. Some residences in the city haven’t had water for six months, and hyper-inflation has left Caracas largely cashless.
Noticeably, there is very little news, whether on the radio or TV, in…