This research cluster expands awareness of software, hardware, protocols, and governance mechanisms that serve public interests and promote democratic principles.
How do we design and build digital infrastructures that specifically serve and protect public interests? Such systems should include software, hardware, protocols, and governance mechanisms that align with democratic principles and community practices. Models and ideas of such infrastructures exist at various development stages and come from many parts of the world. These efforts are fundamental to the existence and future of civil society and democracies. This research cluster expands awareness of, and encourages participation in creating, the alternative digital infrastructures that we need.