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Published onNov 24, 2020

Cassius Adair (he/him) is an independent scholar and radio producer from Virginia. He is writing a book about transgender people and the internet and editing a book of speculative fiction about the academy.

Iván Chaar López (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in American Studies and the principal investigator of the Border Tech Lab at the University of Texas, Austin. His work engages the fields of digital media studies, Latina/o studies, and STS. He is currently writing a book on the intersecting histories of unmanned aerial systems, cybernetics, and boundary-making along the US–Mexico border.

Anna Watkins Fisher (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a founding member of the Precarity Lab collective. Her first book, The Play in the System: The Art of Parasitical Resistance (2020), theorizes parasitism as an ambivalent tactic of resistance in twenty-first-century art and politics. She is also the co-editor, with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (2nd edn, Routledge, 2015).

Meryem Kamil (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her work examines new media as a tool for anti-colonial Palestinian organizing.

Cindy Lin (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a certificate holder in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program. Her research and writing draw on long-term fieldwork with state science agencies and commercial services firms to examine the politics of computational labor and data architectures for peatland fire control in Indonesia.

Silvia Lindtner (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Information, Digital Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the University of Michigan. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC) and a founding member of Precarity Lab. Her forthcoming book Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation (2020) unpacks in ethnographic and historical detail how a growing distrust in Western models of progress and development, including Silicon Valley and the tech industry after the financial crisis of 2007–2008, shaped the rise of the global maker movement and the vision of China as a “new frontier” of innovation.

Lisa Nakamura (she/her) is Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the inaugural Director of the new Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan and a founding member of the Precarity Lab collective ( She is the author of four books on race, gender, and digital media and gaming.

Cengiz Salman (he/him) is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Culture (Digital Studies) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research broadly focuses on the relationship between digital media, algorithms, unemployment, and racial capitalism. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2013), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Muslim Studies from Michigan State University (2011). Salman is a recipient of a Fulbright IIE Award, which he used to conduct research on urban transformation projects in Turkey from 2011 to 2012.

Kalindi Vora (she/her) is Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is author of Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor (2015), and, with Neda Atanasoski, Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots and the Politics of Technological Futures (2019). She has edited anthologies and published articles in journals such as Radical Philosophy, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Social Identities, The South Atlantic Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Jackie Wang (she/her) is a black studies scholar, poet, multimedia artist, and an Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. She received her PhD in African and African American Studies at Harvard University and was recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism (2018), a book on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the US carceral state. She has also published a number of punk zines, including On Being Hard Femme, and a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb.

McKenzie Wark (she/her) is the author of A Hacker Manifesto (2004), The Beach Beneath the Street (2011), Capital is Dead (2018), and Reverse Cowgirl (2020). She is Professor of Media and Culture at Eugene Lang College and of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York City. Wark received the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art.

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