Colin Rhinesmith is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons and a faculty associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Rhinesmith’s research and teaching interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas related to digital equity and community technology.
Rhinesmith’s work has appeared in several scholarly journals, including: Government Information Quarterly; Information, Communication & Society; International Journal of Communication; Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults; and Telecommunications Policy.
He has been a Google Policy Fellow and an adjunct research fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. He was also a faculty research fellow with the Benton Foundation, a private foundation which works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy.
Rhinesmith has been nationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of digital equity and community technology. His work has been mentioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Communications Commission, PBS MediaShift, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, and he was awarded the Buske Leadership Award from the Alliance for Community Media.
Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Information in Society Fellow and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.