The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure


Earlier this month the Ford Foundation published Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure.

Written by Nadia Eghbal, the report addresses the challenges of sustaining our digital infrastructure:

Everybody relies on shared code to write software, including Fortune 500 companies, government, major software companies and startups. In a world driven by technology, we are putting increased demand on those who maintain our digital infrastructure. Yet because these communities are not highly visible, the rest of the world has been slow to notice.

Just like physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure needs regular upkeep and maintenance. But financial support for digital infrastructure is much harder to come by.

The report explores the ways we can sustain our digital infrastructure, and how we might work together to address them.


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