Faculty
Eden  Medina
Faculty

Eden Medina

Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing, Affiliated Associate Professor of Law, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History

Education
  • BSE, Princeton University 1997
  • PhD, MIT 2005
  • MSL, Yale Law School 2014
Background
  • Academic Council, AI Now Institute, New York University.
  • Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School.
  • Editorial Board, Hispanic American Historical Review, 2016-2022.
  • Amsterdamska Award for best collaborative work in an edited volume in the broad field of science and technology studies, awarded to Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, 2016.
  • Director, Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2012-2016.
  • National Science Foundation, Principal Investigator for Grant SES–1457099 (“Scholar’s Award: A Study of Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations,“ $224,171), 2015.
  • Book Prize Honorable Mention, awarded to Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by Recent History and Memory Section of the Latin American Studies Association, 2014.
  • Edelstein Prize for best book in the field, awarded to Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by the Society for the History of Technology, 2012.
  • Computer History Museum Prize for best book in the field, awarded to Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by the Special Interest Group on Computers, Information, and Society of the Society for the History of Technology, 2012.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Directions Fellowship (“Historical Perspectives on Information Technology and Human Rights," $299,990), 2012.
  • Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education, Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile, 2012.
  • Editorial Board, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 2012-2014.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 2008-2012.
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2012.
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, 2011.
Biography

Eden Medina is associate professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Her research explores the relationship of technological innovation and political innovation, how political values can shape the design of computer systems, and how technological systems represent configurations of social and political order. Medina received her Ph.D. from MIT in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. Her book Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011) received the Edelstein Prize for outstanding book in the history of technology and the Computer History Museum Prize for outstanding book in the history of computing.


Medina is the recipient of the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from Indiana University, Bloomington, two Scholar's Awards from the National Science Foundation, and a New Directions Grant from the Mellon Foundation. She is the former director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University and previously served as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education. Her current research interests include studies of information technology in areas of the world outside of the United States and Europe; the intersection of science, technology and human rights; and the social, legal, and ethical aspects of computing.


Medina teaches courses on social informatics, computer and information ethics, technology and the First Amendment, and data and society.

Selected Works
  • Eden Medina, "Identifying the Bones of the Disappeared: Computers as Technologies of Truth in the Aftermath of Human Rights Crimes in Chile," Technology and Culture (forthcoming).
  • Hilary Charlesworth, Sally Merry, B.S. Chimni, Javier Couso, Terry Halliday, Outi Korhonen, Vivian Lin, Eden Medina, Leslye Obiora, César Rodríguez-Garavito, Greg Shaffer, and Rene Urueña, “International Organizations and Technologies of Governance,” International Panel for Social Progress Report: Reshaping Society for the Twenty-first Century. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2018).
  • Eden Medina, “Memories of the Yagán: The Chilean Automobile for the People,” Technosphere Magazine. April 2017.
  • Eden Medina, “The Politics of Networking a Nation,” Public Books, November 2016. Extended and translated in Spanish in Revista Diseña.
  • Eden Medina and Ilan Sandberg Wiener, “Science and Harm in Human Rights Cases: Preventing the Revictimization of Families of the Disappeared,” Yale Law Journal Forum, 125 (2016): 331-342.
  • Eden Medina, “The Power of Paper,” The Hill, December 2016.
  • Eden Medina, “Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation,” Kybernetes, 44 (6/7)(2015): 1005-1019. Portions of the article appeared in Jacobin Magazine.
  • Stephanie C. Kane, Eden Medina, and Daniel Michler, “Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities: Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February, 2010,” Social Text 33 (1 122)(2015): 71-92.
  • Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes, eds., Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.
  • Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. Translated into Spanish and Chinese.
  • Eden Medina, “Big Blue in the Bottomless Pit: The Early Years of IBM Chile,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 30 (2008): 26-41.
  • Eden Medina, “Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende’s Chile,” Journal of Latin American Studies 38 (2006): 571-606. Article translated into French and Spanish.
Interests
  • Computing, culture, and society
  • Human-centered computing
  • History of technology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Technology and law