Matt is a professor at the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska, in Omaha in the United States. He’s also co-founder of the CHAOSS project and a lover of dogs.
What can be done?
A healthy internet for a person contributing to the Open Source Community in Africa may mean something different to a person contributing to Kubernetes. Yet, both characterizations of internet health are welcome and may very well overlap. However, without transparency, we lack a clear understanding of what signals help characterize different parts of the internet as healthy. Without actionability, we lack the ability to learn from our experiences and make improvements on those signals.
The Ford, Sloan, Mozilla, and Open Society Foundations are funding research into the maintenance of digital infrastructures, with the goal of supporting a more open and free internet.