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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(What Comes) After FOSS?

Research Question
How do critical technologists imagine the future of their work on digital infrastructure in light of the pyrrhic victory of Free and Open Source Software development?
Why is this important to answer?

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has been victorious, but the movement from which it stems appears to be a shambles. Many FOSS infrastructure contributors and maintainers are disillusioned, but critical technologists are also finding new ways to bring their work with digital technology into alignment with the political aim of defending the public interest. Understanding how they do so is important if we want to understand how digital infrastructure in the public interest can be made, maintained, and defended in the future.

Start Date
February 1, 2024