Gili Vidan

Gili Vidan

Gili Vidan

Research Interests: Digital technology; STS; history of computing and technology; science fiction and futurism; 20th century U.S. history; Capitalism studies; history of information, statistics, and data science; history and sociology of money; cryptography; media studies; data subjectivity and privacy.

Gili Vidan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of the History of Science and research fellow at the Program on Science, Technology, and Society. Her work looks at digital technologies, changing notions of public trust and democratic governance, and narratives of crisis and future-making in the US. Vidan's dissertation traces technical attempts to solve the problems of trust and transparency, with a focus on the development of electronic payment systems and public key cryptography in late 20th- and early 21st-century US. She is an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, a doctoral associate of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School, a Lemelson Center Fellow, and a 2018-19 Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellow in Ethics. Vidan has served as a teaching fellow for courses on digital technology and culture, science and law in the US, and global science fiction. She holds a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and an AB in Social Studies from Harvard.

Papers Presented:
"Checks and Balances: Privacy, Payments, and the Public Interest in the Development of 1970s US  Electronic Funds Transfer Systems." Science and Democracy Network Annual Meeting. (Munich, June 29, 2018).

"'Nothing in the Middle’: Escrowed Encryption, Crypto Anarchy, and the Colonization of the Future, 1988-200." Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society [SIGCIS] Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, PA. October 29, 2017).


"Promissory Notes: Constituting the Trusted Time-Horizon of Cryptocurrency." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, (Boston, MA. August 30, 2017).


Previous Degrees:
BA., Social Studies, Harvard University
MSc., Social Science of the Internet, Oxford University

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