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Heather Ford

    • 6PublicationsNumber of items in Heather's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
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    Heather Ford is an ethnographer who studies how online communities get together to learn, play and deliberate. She currently works for Ushahidi and is studying how online communities work together to verify information collected from social media sources. Heather recently graduated from the UC Berkeley iSchool where she studied the social life of information in schools, educational privacy and Africans on Wikipedia. She is a former Wikimedia Foundation Advisory Board member and the former Executive Director of iCommons – an international organisation started by Creative Commons to connect the open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world. She was a co-founder of Creative Commons South Africa and of the South African non-profit, The African Commons Project as well as a community-building initiative called the GeekRetreat – bringing together South Africa’s top web entrepreneurs to talk about how to make the local Internet better. At night she dreams about writing books and finding time to draw.

    Recent publications

    • Creation and Control in the Photographic Process: iPhones and the emerging fifth moment of photography

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    • Digital Photography and Picture Sharing: Redefining the Public/Private Divide | Amparo Lasén -


    Professional experience



    June 2011 - October 2012(a year)

    Executive Director

    iCommons Ltd.

    March 2006 - December 2008(3 years)

    Project Lead: South Africa

    Creative Commons

    August 2004 - March 2006(2 years)

    Internet Policy Monitor Project: Europe

    Greennet Educational Trust

    February 2003 - August 2003(6 months)

    African Internet Policy Monitor Project

    Association for Progressive Communications

    January 2002 - December 2002(a year)

    Digital Information Manager

    Electoral Institute of Southern Africa

    April 2000 - December 2002(3 years)


    DPhil Information, Communication and the Social Sciences

    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    October 2012 - January 2013(3 months)

    Masters of Information Management and Systems

    School of Information, UC Berkeley

    August 2009 - May 2011(2 years)

    Digital Vision Fellowship

    CSLI, Stanford University

    August 2003 - July 2004(a year)

    Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management Certificate

    The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

    January 2002 - December 2002(a year)

    Bachelor of Journalism

    Rhodes University

    January 1996 - December 1999(4 years)


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