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
At Indiana University, she teaches courses on social informatics,
computer and information ethics, data and society, technology and the First Amendment,
geographies of technology, history of technology, and the social studies of science and
technology. She is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society
Project at Yale Law School, member of the academic council of the AI Now Institute, and
editorial board member of Hispanic American Historical Review.
Previous appointments include serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education
and directing the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University.
New appointment: I am now a faculty affiliate of the IU Data Science Program.
Conference: I will be on a roundtable organized by InfraReg, a network of scholars interested in the relationship of law, infrastructure, and technology, at the June 2018 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA).
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.
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 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."
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.