Colin Rhinesmith is a doctoral candidate and Information in Society Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and adjunct research fellow with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC.Rhinesmith has been nationally recognized as a leader within the field of community media and technology, with significant contributions to media and broadband policy. His work has been mentioned by the Federal Communications Commission, PBS MediaShift, and the MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, and he was awarded the 2010 Buske Leadership Award from the Alliance for Community Media. Rhinesmith's interdisciplinary research investigates the social shaping of information and communication technology and its impact on society. His dissertation examines the social, institutional, and technical forces that shape cloud computerization and its consequences within a social welfare organization in East St. Louis, Illinois. The purpose is to describe how the tensions between external stakeholder demands and internal organizational needs influence technology implementation. The research also considers the implications for software developers, public policymakers, and social welfare organizations interested in using cloud computing to help move people out of poverty. Rhinesmith has been a Google Policy Fellow with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative and Summer Institute Fellow with the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, hosted at Microsoft Research New England, organized by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Previously, Rhinesmith 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 CCTV, he worked for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
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