A petition asking not to issue US visa to China’s censors or others “blocking people on the internet” made sociologist Tricia Wang angry, very angry. In AlJazeera the explains why closing the borders in the name of openness is not a good idea.
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Tricia Wang is a sociologist, technology researcher, and ethnographer who studies how people use digital communication technologies in cities. She investigates the impact of digital computing (mobiles and internet) on our social interaction in and with public urban space. She is passionate about demystifying the ways non-elite or edge communities (i.e. migrants, rural villagers, or informal workers) make use of digital tools in everyday life. She travels from New York, USA