Catherine Middleton is a Professor and Director of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. Her work examines digital inclusion and exclusion, seeking to better understand actions needed to ensure all citizens can participate fully in the digital economy and engage in digital society.
She held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Communications Technologies in the Information Society (2007 to 2017) and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2014. Her specific research projects have investigated the use of ubiquitous communication technologies (such as Blackberries) in organizations, the development of next generation broadband networks (including Australia’s National Broadband Network), competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians’ internet use, among other topics.
She was the Principal Investigator for the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, Co-Investigator on the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Project and is a member of the Ageing + Communication + Technologies research team. She served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE, Canada’s advanced research and innovation network, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of ARIN (the American Registry for Internet Numbers).