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University of Michigan School of Information

Cindy Lin

cindy lin


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Information, University of Michigan. My dissertation research investigates the development of algorithmic systems and bureaucratic infrastructures that regulate and control illegal deforestation. This work explores how the earth and computer sciences are practiced in security agencies and functions in Indonesia, centering on how algorithmic design and data technologies shape and redefine policing. My case studies include state cartographic labor and automated delineation of forest and plantation borders, as well as the design of early warning deforestation systems and national database infrastructures, each implicated in how multiple experts understand nature, legality, and the prevention of forest destruction. My research and writing have appeared in venues such as ACM TOCHI, PDC, Social Text, CoDesign, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Journal, and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science conference.

Areas of Interest

Critical Algorithmic Studies
Postcolonial and Feminist STS
Governance and Security Studies
DIY hacking and making
Digital Labor