Colin Rhinesmith


Benton Senior Fellow

Colin Rhinesmith (he/him) is the Founder and Director of the Digital Equity Research Center at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. He is also a member of the Scholars Council at the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of Community Informatics.

Previously, Rhinesmith was an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science and the Provost’s Faculty Fellow for Scholarship and Research at Simmons University. He has been a Google Policy Fellow and an Adjunct Research Fellow with New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C. and a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Rhinesmith received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Information in Society Fellow, a Researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures, and a Research Scholar with the Center for Digital Inclusion.

He is the author of Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives (January 2016), co-author of Digital Inclusion Outcomes-Based Evaluation (May 2017), and co-author of Growing Health Digital Equity Ecosystems During COVID-19 and Beyond (November 2020), and collaborator on The Digital Equity Action Research (DEAR) Fellowship: A Participatory Action Research Project

Colin's Articles

The Digital Equity Action Research Fellowship

Why Low-Cost Devices Matter for Broadband Policy

Providing Free and Affordable Broadband for All in Illinois

While More Americans Rely on Parking Lot Wi-Fi, Many Public Libraries Do Not Have Adequate Broadband

Too uneducated to understand the importance of home Internet?

The Ability to Pay for Broadband

Digital Inclusion and Outcomes-Based Evaluation

Digital Equity Planning in U.S. Cities

Digital Literacy and Inclusion: “We Are All In It Together”

Poverty and the Cost of Broadband

Understanding Broadband Un-adopters

The Complexity of ‘Relevance’ as a Barrier to Broadband Adoption

Four Essentials for Digital Inclusion Efforts

Colin Rhinesmith (he/him)