Visioning public cyberinfrastructure [...]

While the philanthropic community is rightly focused on countering surveillance and limiting the power of platforms through legislation, this agenda runs the risk of continually “playing defense” without offering an affirmative vision to work toward. This critical defensive work needs to be complemented with a wave of funding focused on experimentation around what might be possible with purpose-built social networks, specialized search engines, new technologies for revenue generation, and other digital public services. Philanthropic and government funders should focus on funding a range of experiments, accepting that some will fail, with the expectation that successes will spark interest in pushing the boundaries of what constitutes the digital public infrastructure. (Source)

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