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Simon received his master’s degree from York University in Toronto, Canada, where he ethnographically explored the relations between people and the urban environment of Songdo, a free economic zone city on the western edge of South Korea. In line with his interests in the relations between people and technology, Simon’s doctoral research focuses on the socio-technical worlds of people crafting blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and communities in Seoul, South Korea. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Social Science Research Council, the Korea Foundation, and the East Asia Program and Mario Einaudi Center at Cornell University.
anthropology of technology, money, and entrepreneurship; blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies; South Korea