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Heather Ford

Heather Ford is a South African social entrepreneur, researcher and writer who is fascinated by communities who get together to work, play and deliberate on the internet. She is currently enrolled as a Masters student at the UC Berkeley iSchool where she is researching collaboration and the governance of global online communities. 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 40 of South Africaís 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.


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