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How Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ hurts science and tech

Patrick Thibodeau | March 27, 2017
Advanced tech conferences, which draw large international audiences, could suffer.

Taner Akcam, a history professor at Clark University, said the new travel policies "will cost the United States its position as a leading nation in science. Other nations will be able to advance and our country will be the loser in this situation."

The White House policy presents "uncomfortable practices and practical problems," said Akcam. Among the concerns: Will a visa be issued? Will customs authorities grant admission? And can a computer be used on a plane?

"We scholars mostly prepare our talks or last-minute preparations during such a flight," said Akcam. "To ask us not to use the computer is like saying, 'Don't eat or drink.'"

 

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