Tomas Borsa is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences.

Tomas is a Doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, jointly supervised by Professor Gina Neff (OII) and Professor David Zeitlyn (Anthropology). Tomas’ doctoral project investigates the social histories and future imaginaries of the Internet on Haida Gwaii, with a view to better understanding how the coming age of ubiquitous high-speed connectivity may impact upon the social ecologies of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities worldwide. Alongside his research engagements, Tomas works as the Internet Connectivity and Accessibility Programme coordinator for the Council of Haida Nation.

Prior to joining the OII, Tomas received a Double BA (High Honours) in Political Studies and Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MSc (Distinction) in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics, where he was a Sanderson Fellow and received the Best Overall MSc Performance Prize. Outside of academia, Tomas is a documentary filmmaker and photographer whose works have been internationally distributed and exhibited. His research is generously supported by the Clarendon Fund, St Edmund Hall, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and The Gwaii Trust Society.

He helps to run the OII based seminar series OxDEG: Oxford Digital Ethnography Group.

Research Interests

Critical Infrastructure Studies, Digital Ethnography, Indigenous Media, Network Sovereignty, Community Broadband

Supervisor at OII

Gina Neff


Past projects

  • OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

    Participants: Professor David Zeitlyn, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr William Kelly

    OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.