What is the Community Informatics Lab?

We dream of a world where all communities are in control of, not controlled by, information and communication technology.

Toward this dream, the Community Informatics (CI) Lab engages in digital inclusion research, practice, and policy to promote socially just and equitable communities.

The four areas of research related to our work include the following:

  • Broadband adoption & affordability
  • Wireless hotspot lending
  • Library broadband measurement
  • Digital equity ecosystems

We strive for our work to be asset based, power aware, respect focused, and justice centered. See our principles outlined here.

The CI Lab launched in January 2020 by Dr. Colin Rhinesmith as its founding Director. It is located in the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, which is a member of the iSchools organization. The CI Lab is also home to the Journal of Community Informatics.

For more information about the lab and how to support our work, please contact Colin Rhinesmith, CI Lab Director.