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Eden Medina is Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing, Affiliated Associate Professor of Law, and Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research and teaching address the social, historical, and legal dimensions of our increasingly data-driven world, including the relationship of technology to human rights and free expression, the relationship of political innovation and technological innovation, and the ways that human and political values shape technological design. Medina's writings also use science and technology as a way to broaden understandings of Latin American history and the geography of innovation.

She is the author of the prizewinning book Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile and the co-editor of Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America. She has also published on topics as diverse as computer science education, the making of global corporate culture, crisis communication and infrastructure during natural disasters, big data and algorithmic regulation, free and open source software, the history and social study of technology, science and technology in Latin America, and the relationship of technology and politics.

Medina is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Engineering Education. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. She also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master in Studies of Law from Yale Law School.

At Indiana University, she teaches courses in social informatics, information ethics, technology and the First Amendment, geographies of technology, history of technology, and the social studies of science and technology. She is also an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

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Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • Congratulations to my doctoral student Paula Mate on receiving a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and my doctoral student Christopher Miles on receiving an NSF STS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant!
  • New appointment: Honored to be joining the academic council of the AI Now Institute and forming part of the growing community of scholars studying the political and social implications of AI, machine learning, and algorithmic decisionmaking.
  • Travel: During the 2017-2018 academic year I'll be traveling to the Data & Society Institute, Northwestern University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and Harvard University.
  • Book Contract: I'm pleased to announce that my next book is under contract with Duke University Press.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "Memories of the Yagan: The Chilean Automobile for the People," Technosphere Magazine, April 2017.
  • Upcoming travel: Excited to be spending part of summer 2017 at the Freie Universität Berlin Institute for Latin American Studies to work on the project "Computing in Dictatorships and Democracies."
  • Editorial: Eden Medina, "The Power of Paper," The Hill, December 2, 2016.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "The Politics of Networking a Nation," Public Books, November 2016.
  • Keynote: "The Historiography of Latin American Science and Technology in the Long Cold War," Traveling Technocrats: Experts and Expertise in Latin America's Long Cold War, Yale University, October 14, 2016.
  • Media: My research appeared on the popular design podcast 99 percent invisible.
  • Award: 2016 Amsterdamska Award from the European Society for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) given to Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society for "the most creative collaboration in an edited book in the broad field of science and technology studies."
  • Upcoming travel: This fall I'll be on leave at the Maurer School of Law, but I will be traveling to Barcelona, Notre Dame, and Yale. In the spring I'll be traveling to Lisbon, Berlin, Lima, Santiago, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Berkeley.
  • Congratulations to my doctoral student Dongoh Park, who will begin working as a policy specialist at Google this fall!
  • New appointment: I joined the editorial board of Hispanic American Historical Review in July 2016.
  • Training: As part of my current project on data collection in human rights cases, I completed a forensic anthropology summer course on bone trauma taught by Steven A. Symes.
  • Keynote: "The Promise and Peril of Computer Technology in the Area of Human Rights," Mistakes Were Made 2.0, NYU, April 15, 2016.
  • New article: Eden Medina & Ilan Sandberg Wiener, Science and Harm in Human Rights Cases: Preventing the Revictimization of Families of the Disappeared, 125 Yale L.J. F. 331 (2016), [pdf]
  • New Affiliation: I'm excited to announce that I am now Affiliated Associate Professor of Law at Maurer School of Law.
  • Spring travel: This spring I will be traveling to Stanford, Princeton, NYU, and Yale. You can also catch me at the AHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
  • New article: Eden Medina, "Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation," Kybernetes, 44 (6/7)(2015): 1005-1019.
  • Sabbatical: I will be in Santiago, Chile from the end of August to the beginning of January working on the research project "How Data Become Law: Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations."
  • Travel: Upcoming trip to Istanbul, Turkey (August 27-29) to attend the meeting of lead authors for the International Panel of Social Progress Report "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century."
  • Conference: Attended Foocamp 2015 in Sebastopol, CA.
  • Teaching: I will be teaching in the Systems Engineering Department this summer at the Universidad de Ibague in Colombia.
  • Beyond Imported Magic "highly recommended" by Choice Magazine.
  • Congratulations to my doctoral student David Nemer, who will begin as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science this fall!
  • New Book Review: Eden Medina, "Book Review of Conflicts in the Knowledge Society: The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property by Sebastian Haunss ," Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66 (4) (2015): 869-871.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "The Cybersyn Revolution," Jacobin Magazine, Spring 2015.
  • New Article: Stephanie Kane, Eden Medina and Daniel Micheler, "Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities: Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February, 2010," Social Text, 122 (2015): 71-92.
  • Keynote: "Big Data Lessons from Our Cybernetic Past," Strata + Hadoop World, San Jose, California, February 2015.
  • New Grant: Recipient of a Scholar's Award from the National Science Foundation for the project "A Study of Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations."
  • Keynote: "Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation," World Organization for Systems and Cybernetics, Ibague, Colombia, October 2014.
  • New Book: Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes, eds., Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2014.
  • Award: Honorable Mention "Young Investigator," 2014 Recent History and Memory Book Prize (awarded by the Recent History and Memory Section of the Latin American Studies Association).
  • Training: Graduated from Yale Law School (MSL 2014).
  • Grant: Received a 2014 Jesse Fine Fellowship from the Poynter Center for Ethics and American Institutions.


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