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GMTaC blog posts are written by student and faculty lab affiliates and explore various topics related to research projects, events, and workshops.

Leveraging the Freedom of Information Act to Study ICE’s Surveillance Practices

Published on January 15th, 2020Written by Zahra Thabet, UROP Student in the GMTaC Lab Last semester I conducted research on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, a federal law enforcement agency that operates under the purview of the Department of Homeland […]

Revealing Limits: ICE and the Freedom of Information Act

Published on January 15th, 2020Written by Daniel Grinberg Given the egregious human rights abuses of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that have come to light, it is vital for the American public and global publics to be more fully aware of the strategies and scope of the agency’s […]

“Planting Grass” and RED: How E-commerce in China is Interweaved with Social Media

Published on December 1st, 2019Written by Meng Liang and Han Su Ten years ago, no one could imagine that the word “zhongcao” (Chinese as: 种草), literally meaning planting grass, could link so closely with “online shopping.” Zhongcao more recently became Chinese internet slang, referring to “the effect when someone sees something […]

Community Networking for Healing and Power in Central Appalachia

Published on November 11th, 2019Written By Greta Byrum and Ever Bussey Kopper Glo, the coal mining company that has ruled the economy of the Clear Fork Valley of Eastern Tennessee for the last sixty years, claims a legacy of environmental stewardship and community involvement. Yet its stock in trade is […]

Electronic parts and the assemblage of “informal” infrastructures

Published on November 6th, 2019Written by Fabian Prieto-Ñañez. Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at Virginia Tech. On March 28, 2019, the community television station CABLECIMA TV1  moved from their original site to a new house in the San Luis neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia. Big satellite dishes, […]