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Eden Medina is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research uses technology as a means to understand historical processes and she combines history, science and technology studies, and Latin American studies in her writings.

She is the author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile, which won the Edelstein Prize for outstanding book in the history of technology, the Computer History Museum Prize for outstanding book in the history of computing, and the Book Prize of the Recent History and Memory Section (honorable mention) of the Latin American Studies Association. Her co-edited volume Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America received the Amsterdamska Award from the European Society for the Study of Science and Technology. Her current research studies how nations use science and technology to address histories of dictatorship and state violence and how science and technology intertwine with processes of truth, justice, and repair. More broadly her research studies the history of science and technology in Latin America and the ways that political projects shape, and are shaped by, new technological capabilities and forms of knowledge production that are deemed scientific.

Medina received her Ph.D. from MIT in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master in Studies of Law from Yale Law School. She has taught courses on social informatics, data and society, computer and information ethics, technology and the First Amendment, geographies of technology, and the history of 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, editorial board member of Hispanic American Historical Review, and executive council member of the Society for the History of Technology. Previous appointments include serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education and directing the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University. In addition to her books, she has published on topics as diverse as computer science education, the making of global corporate culture, technology and human rights, crisis communication and infrastructure during natural disasters, big data and algorithmic regulation, and the history and social study of technology, science and technology in Latin America.

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