Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Digital Infrastructure represents the set of open-source code, standards and knowledge assets that digital building blocks like software libraries, compilers, communication or network protocols are composed of.

They are created by individuals, volunteer communities, in research institutions and SMEs or other corporate environments. Together, they form a foundation of free and public code that is designed to solve common challenges – firstly, in programming, but when applied, also to provide a multitude of core functions for society.

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Strengthening City Governments

Enhancing Security, Governance, and Public Service Delivery through Open Source Promotion and Vulnerability Mitigation.

Research Question
How susceptible are city governments to vulnerabilities of OSS and how can they promote open source as a public good to enhance its security, foster governance and public service delivery
Why is this important to answer?
Addressing the vulnerabilities of open source software (OSS) in city governments is of paramount importance due to the increasing frequency and impact of cybersecurity incidents worldwide. Recent events, such as the ransomware attack on IFX Networks in Colombia and the cyberattack in Kenya, highlight the critical need for enhanced security measures. Moreover, the pervasive nature of OSS, affecting digital infrastructures in both public and private sectors, underscores the urgency of understanding these vulnerabilities. This research project aims to comprehensively assess the susceptibility of city governments to OSS vulnerabilities, providing insights into governance systems and enabling conditions. By identifying strategies and best practices, the study will contribute essential knowledge to enhance cybersecurity, promote open source as a public good, and safeguard digital infrastructures globally.
Start Date
February 1, 2024
Team
BKC Harvard University
UOttawa, Edgelands Institute
Edgelands Institute