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Colin Rhinesmith is a doctoral student and Information in Society Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct research fellow with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.
Colin research investigates community ICT infrastructures, civic engagement, and public policy. He is interested in understanding how individuals and organizations, such as public libraries and community technology centers, use digital media to promote social and economic development.
Previously, Colin was Community Media and Technology Manager for Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), where he managed a citizen journalism program, public computing center, and community wireless network. Before joining the staff at CCTV, Colin worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where he produced projects for MediaBerkman and the Citizen Media Law Project.
Colin's work with community media and technology has been mentioned by the Federal Communications Commission, PBS MediaShift, Current.org, and the MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning. He has presented workshops and lectures on digital media and technology at Harvard Law School, Columbia University, Bentley University, and Apple, Inc., and he was the keynote speaker for the 2006 Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region Conference.