Cindy Lin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the School of Information and Science, Technology, and Society Program.


Cindy’s research and writing draw on long-term fieldwork with engineers, geoscientists, 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 also studies how data science is enrolled in debates on environmental issues that experience extreme scientific uncertainty and misinformation. Her work has been published in leading computing venues including ACM CHI, DIS, and PD and has been featured in Social Text and CoDesign. Cindy is the co-author of Technoprecarious (Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press, 2020), 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.




Nakamura, Lisa, Irina Aristarkhova, Iván Chaa López, Anna Watkins Fisher, Meryem Kamil, Cindy Lin, Silvia Lindtner and Tung-hui Hu (Precarity Lab). Digital Precarity Manifesto. To appear in Social Text37 no. 4 (2019).

Lin, Cindy and Silvia Lindtner. “The Ghosts of Western Modernity: China, Singapore & Scholarly Experiments in Future Making.” To appear in Contested Technologies: Future Anthropologies, Ed. Debora Lanzeni, Sarah Pink, Karen Waltorp and Rachel Charlotte Smith, Bloomsbury.

Avle, Seyram, Silvia Lindtner, Cindy Lin, and Jean Hardy. “Scaling the promises of digital technologies in Ghana, China, and Indonesia.” Toappear in Engaging STS.

Pena, Mary, Cindy Lin, Nina Jackson Levin, Prash Naidu, Miranda Garcia, Roxana Maria Aras, Salman Hussain, Cintia Huitzil, Janaki Phillips. “Making Sensory Ethnography and Sensorial Formats in Re-View”. Entanglements Journal: Experiments in Multimodal Ethnography. 2018.

Lindtner, Silvia, and Cindy Lin. "Making and its promises." CoDesign 13, no. 2 (2017): 70-82.

Bardzell, Jeffrey, Shaowen Bardzell, Cindy Lin, Silvia Lindtner, and Austin Toombs. "HCI’s Making Agendas." Foundations and Trends® in Human–Computer Interaction 11, no. 3 (2017): 126-200.

Lin, Cindy, and Andrew Moon. "Negotiating Time: Design as Historical Practice." PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies 13, no. 2 (2016).


Lin, Cindy, Silvia Lindtner, and Stefanie Wuschitz. “Hacking Difference in Indonesia: The Ambivalences of Designing for Alternative Futures.” Submitted to DIS 2019.

Lin, Cindy, and Silvia Lindtner. "Legitimacy, boundary objects & participation in transnational DIY biology." In Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference: Full papers-Volume 1, pp. 171-180. ACM, 2016.

Dolejšová, Markéta, and Cindy Lin Kaiying. "Squat & Grow: Designing Smart Human-Food Interactions in Singapore." In Proceedings of the SEACHI 2016 on Smart Cities for Better Living with HCI and UX, pp. 24-27. ACM, 2016.