Cynthia X. Hua is a researcher and artist. She is interested in how historical and social contexts should inform the creation of future information technologies.
She has worked in research and reporting roles at BuzzFeed, the Wall Street Journal and Facebook. Her projects have focused on how tech and algorithm design impacts flows of information, how machines can better understand media, and the ways real-world power systems become embedded in digital formats. She also teaches workshops on machine learning. She was the Online Editor at the Yale Daily News and received her B.A. at Yale in Media Studies, writing her thesis on Internet media.
She creates tech-based installation artworks that have shown at The Mint Museum, the American Institute of Architects, the San Francisco Arts Institute, the Midway, the Asian Arts Institute and other venues. She often engages with identity and immigration in the context of technology, and is interested in how art can expand existing forms of documentation. She has been awarded fellowships or residencies from Signal Culture, The Laboratory, the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has spoken about her work at outlets such as Ars Electronica, Theorizing the Web, Creative Tech Week, Github, Al Jazeera, the American Arts Incubator and others. She is currently at New Inc working on computer-generated history books.
She believes in and advocates for causes including freedom of information and freedom of the press.