Colin Maclay directs the Digital Initiative at Harvard Business School. He previously spent nearly a decade building the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. Both as Co-founder of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard’s Center for International Development and at Berkman Klein, Maclay’s research has paired hands-on multi stakeholder collaborations with the generation of data that reveal trends, challenges and opportunities for the integration of ICTs in developing world communities.
Colin has worked extensively in India, Latin America and at the international level on ICT policy for the underserved, developing and implementing research projects on topics including rural ICT access, ICTs in education, entrepreneurship, telecommunications infrastructure and policy, electronic government, and IT Enabled Services. He has a particular interest in leveraging universities’ unique capacity to engage in varied ICT policy and impact research and dialogue, and conduct technology research and development. Outside Harvard, he is a fellow at the University of Washington’s Center for Internet Studies, Chairman of the Sports for Development Foundation, and Advisor to the World Computer Exchange. Colin’s studies have taken him to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Northeastern University.