Google's 'chief evangelist' gives unusual talk to Cubans

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HAVANA (AP) — A legendary computer scientist known as Google's "chief Internet evangelist" has delivered an unusual talk to Cuban officials in a sign of warming relations between the U.S. technology giant and the Cuban government days before President Barack Obama visits the island.

Vint Cerf spoke for more than an hour to an audience of Communications Ministry officials and recent computer science graduates Wednesday at the 2016 International Computer Science Fair, a government-run symposium on information technology and communications.

Cerf reviewed the history of the Internet, which he is credited with helping invent. And he described Google's projects to spread Internet access to developing countries. Google has expressed interest in bringing more connectivity to Cuba, one of the world's least-connected nations.