Colin Rhinesmith is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also an adjunct research fellow with the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative.
Previously, Colin was Community Media and Technology Manager for Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) in Massachusetts, where he managed a citizen journalism program, public computing center, and community wireless network. Before joining CCTV, Colin worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Colin’s research investigates community ICT infrastructures, civic engagement, and public policy. He is interested in understanding how individuals and community-based organizations adopt technology to promote social and economic development. He is currently leading a participatory research project with community members in East St. Louis, Illinois to examine how youth and adults use digital media to fight poverty and promote community voices.