From the Ford Foundation  comes a report this month about the public
infrastructure that everyone in modern society relies on: free software.
The report is named _Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our
Digital Infrastructure_ , where they refer to free software as
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.
In the face of unprecedented demand, the costs of not supporting our
digital infrastructure are numerous. No individual company or
organization is incentivized to address the public good problem
alone. In order to support our digital infrastructure, we must find
ways to work together.
You may even recognise some of the names who helped Nadia Eghbal in her
work of writing this comprehensive report. This looks like a good
resource for talking with people in a position to fund free software.
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