Strengthening digital infrastructure: A policy agenda for free and open source software

Previously, digital infrastructure has focused on broadband availability with the role of free and open source software (FOSS or OSS) sitting on the back burner. Now however, FOSS is playing a vital role in the modern economy.

According to Brooking, like physical infrastructure, this digital infrastructure requires regular investment to further enable innovation, commerce, and a flourishing economy. However, also like physical infrastructure, there is a market failure in the private sector that leads to an underinvestment in digital infrastructure. Therefore, there is a clear need for government investment and regulation to ensure the future health, security, and growth of the FOSS ecosystem that has become indispensable to the modern economy.

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