A Chinese-Singaporean woman with long dark hair in front of a large grayscale poster and a Chinese enamel teaset.
Cindy Lin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, affiliated with the Department of Information Science. 

In Fall 2022, she will be an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Cindy’s (she/her) research draws on long-term fieldwork with environmental scientists, computer engineers, and cloud architects in government and industry, to examine the politics of computational labor and data architectures for subterranean peatland fire control in Indonesia. She illustrates how the build and design of large-scale computing solutions is marked by gender, racial, and ethnic exclusions—complicating the efficient application of these systems to serve the problems they intend to solve.

Currently, Cindy is working on a book project that explores how ground truth in environmental governance and digital technologies is a shifting historical category in Southeast Asia. 

As an information scholar, her work is located at the intersection of postcolonial and feminist science and technology studies (STS), critical data studies, history of computing, and environmental justice. Her work has been published in leading computing venues including ACM CHI, DIS, and PD and has been featured in Social Text and CoDesign. Her graduate studies and research have been funded by the National Science Foundation, Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, Rackham Graduate School and the International Institute at the University of Michigan.

Cindy is the co-author of Technoprecarious, a multigraph written with Precarity Lab analyzing the role of digital technology in multiplying precarity. She is also the co-director of DoIIIT, an interactive design and making studio. She holds a Ph.D. in Information from the School of Information (UMSI) and a graduate certificate from the Science, Technology, and Society Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  

︎ ckl58@cornell.edu 

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