medina-eden-2015-04About Professor Medina

Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing
School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Affiliated Associate Professor of Law
Maurer School of Law

Adjunct Associate Professor of History
Department of History
(812) 856-1871
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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. fromMIT 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.


  • M.S.L. in Studies of Law at Yale Law School, 2014
  • Ph.D. in History and Social Study of Science and Technology at MIT, 2005
  • B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, 1997

Research Areas

Law, technology, and data; human rights and civil liberties; history of computing; history of technology; computing outside of the U.S. and Europe; science and technology in Latin America; the relationship of technology and politics; Human Centered Computing

Courses Taught