Colin Rhinesmith (pronouns: he/him) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Community Informatics Lab in the iSchool @ Simmons University. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics.
Rhinesmith’s research is focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology (ICT), particularly in areas related to digital inclusion and broadband adoption. This interdisciplinary critical approach includes examining the ways in which individuals and families with marginalized identities access and use ICTs in community settings, such as public libraries and community technology centers. Rhinesmith’s work builds upon community and social informatics, information policy research, and critical approaches to library and information science.
Rhinesmith is affiliated with the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, as a member of its Scholar’s Council. Previously, Rhinesmith was a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute. He was also a Faculty Research Fellow with the Benton Foundation and a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
His research has been published in several scholarly journals, including: Information, Communication & Society; Government Information Quarterly; International Journal of Communication; Telecommunications Policy; Media, Culture & Society; and Public Library Quarterly. Rhinesmith’s work has also been mentioned by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Communications Commission, The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative, PBS MediaShift, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Colorado Sun, and Government Technology.
Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded Information in Society Fellow, a Researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures, and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.