Dr. Chris Armstrong has more than a decade of experience researching and writing on matters of African technology, media, innovation, knowledge governance, and intellectual property. He works for the LINK Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, and for the Open AIR Canada hub at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
In 2005-06, Armstrong served as Researcher for the LINK Centre’s Commons-Sense: Towards an African Digital Information Commons project, followed by five years, from 2007 to 2011, as Research Manager for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) network, the precursor network to Open AIR. He participated in the expansion of ACA2K into the larger Open AIR network in 2011, and served as the network’s Publishing and Communications Consultant until 2014. Since 2015, he has participated in Open AIR’s South Africa and Canada research teams, focusing his research and writing on the “maker” movement. He co-authored, with Dr. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, the 2017 Open AIR Working Paper on The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Armstrong is Publishing Editor of The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC); co-author of The African Digital Commons: A Participant’s Guide (LINK Centre, 2005); an editor of Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright (UCT Press, 2010); and an editor of Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press, 2014). He has a BA in Political Science and English Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a PhD in Media Studies from Wits in Johannesburg.