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.
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