SLIS Faculty Research Presented at Capitol Hill Briefing

September 04, 2017

Colin Rhinesmith

A Spotlight on Assistant Professor Rhinesmith’s Research on Race and Digital Equality

The 45th Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy (TPRC) annually invites four conference presenters to discuss how their research affects policies prior to the main conference. 

Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, Assistant Professor at Simmons SLIS and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, was invited to share his research. His co-author, Dr. Bianca (Bibi) Reisdorf, Quello Assistant Director and Assistant Professor in Media and Information, will present their research findings on race and digital inequalities at the TPRC Capitol Hill Briefing on Thursday, September 7, 2017. 

In their paper, titled Race and Digital Inequality: Policy Implications, they combined quantitative and qualitative data analyses to bring forward deeper insights into what is keeping some of the economically hardest-hit communities offline and how policy can help increase digital equity. 

“While previous studies have confirmed that race and income significantly impact digital inequalities, our research highlights the need for intersectional analyses, focusing on people’s experiences with technology based on their multiple identities, to inform how broadband policy can more effectively address various forms of discrimination and oppression in society,” Rhinesmith added.

While federal policies can help to provide more broadband infrastructure and internet service to hard-hit neighborhoods through programs such as Lifeline, local organizations and policymakers can provide context-specific on-the-ground support that builds on the resources and assets already available in the communities to allow meaningful broadband adoption.

The TPRC Capitol Hill Briefing takes place at the 2075 Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 3:30-5:00 P.M. and is open to the public. Please register if you would like to attend.