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 and teaching interests are focused on the social, community, and policy aspects of information and communication technology, particularly in areas focused on digital equity and social justice.
His current research with colleagues at Measurement Lab/Code for Science & Society and Internet2 is funded by a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services grant (award #LG-71-18-0110-18) and investigates how advanced broadband measurement capabilities can support the infrastructure and services needed to respond to the digital demands of public library users across the U.S.
Rhinesmith has been a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute. From 2017-2020, he was a member of the City of Boston’s Digital Equity Fund Council. 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.