I have explored how digital technology amplifies precarity and shapes the future of work. The outcomes from this work focus on themes ranging from racial capitalism and surveillance, environmental toxicity, ableism, and the broken welfare state through a multi-sited and historical lens. For instance, I worked closely with a group of Indonesian women in their 60s to 70s whose early political work enabled contemporary grassroots tech and art organizations throughout Indonesia, but remains unacknowledged as central to the nation’s computing history. This line of research thus offer new methodologies for information science and STS scholars to examine the historical conditions and specificity of precarity impacted by data technologies.

Selected Outputs:

Fisher, Anna Watkins, Silvia Lindtner, Ivan Chaar-Lopez, Cengiz Salman, McKenzie Wark, Kalindi Vora, Jackie Wang, Cass Adair, Lisa Nakamura, Cindy Lin, with Meryem Kamil (Precarity Lab). Technoprecarious. Goldsmiths Press/The MIT Press. November 2020.

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. In Social Text 37 no. 4 (2019).

Lin, Cindy, Silvia Lindtner, and Stefanie Wuschitz. “Hacking Difference in Indonesia: The Ambivalences of Designing for Alternative Futures.” In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '19). ACM, 1571-1582.