"It's very difficult to separate Cuba from politics, anything you do, any joke by a friend can be interpreted as political. It's really part of life, the life we have been chosen to lead, but it doesn't scare me at all."
7. Mid of Cruz at computer with blogging website on screen, zoom in to screen
8. Mid of another blogger at computer
9. Top shot of another blogger at computer with photographer next to him
Cuban bloggers and Twitter users gathered in Havana on Friday marking World Social Forum Day, a nod to the growing clout of social media in societies around the world.
About two dozen Cuban bloggers met at an exhibition centre in the capital to exchange views, make connections and tap into the web, courtesy of the Cuban Government.
It's a courtesy few other Cubans share, only slightly less than three percent of the island's 12 (m) million residents have access to the internet, and most of those only get their access through heavily controlled and monitored work place computer stations.
That's according to the Cuban government's own statistics.
A much heralded broadband cable connection inaugurated February 9 of this year caused some excitement amongst Cubans anxious to get access to the web, but so far the government has declined to make it broadly available.
Some persistent social media adherents, like blogger Alejandro Cruz, use social media to talk to others on the island, and around the world, about Cuba's popular culture and music scene.
There are other more controversial ones, like Yoanni Sanchez, who writes a highly political blog about life on the island.
Cruz says that's not what he is after but acknowledges the political minefield he sometimes has to navigate when posting on the Internet.
"It's very difficult to separate Cuba from politics, anything you do, any joke by a friend can be interpreted as political. It's really part of life, the life we have been chosen to lead....but it doesn't scare me at all," he says.
According to Akamai Technologies Inc., Cuba has the second lowest Internet penetration of any country in the world, just behind the tiny 374 square-kilometre island nation of Mayotte off the coast of Africa, with less than 200,000 people.