Digital • Infrastructure • Fund

Assessing Partnerships for Municipal Digital Infrastructure

City governments ensure public health and safety, provide education and transportation, and support businesses and livelihoods.

Software is an indispensable tool in this vital work.

In fact, cities’ software needs are expanding exponentially, as everything is instrumented and automated. It is also a way to address longstanding challenges to governance through better transparency and accountability. But the way cities build and buy software is broken. Vendors are moving into positions as data intermediaries that may prove impossible to undo. Cities are finding key decisions about technology frameworks, data governance, and market structure are swept under the table. To overcome these challenges, cities have formed coalitions to collaborate and co-develop municipal digital infrastructure. There are some promising success stories. But cities have not yet fully cracked the code of how to scale these models or the solutions they produce.

This project explores how city governments collaborate with peers to create digital infrastructure; what makes these joint efforts succeed or fail; and the kinds of institutional capacity that could improve outcomes.

Post Illustration

This is

Our team

Anthony Townsend


Nneka Sobers


View more


view all projects

Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects and firms

Mapping the co-production of digital infrastructure by peer projects an…

Read more

API ToS — Towards A Creative Commons Model

API ToS — Towards A Creative Commons Model How we can build a “Creative…

Building International Open Source Communities

Building International Open Source Communities Studies of code reposito…

view all projects

Subscribe for Updates

Enter your email to be the first to know about our latest updates

By clicking the Subscribe Button you confirming that you agree with our terms and conditions.

Digital • Infrastructure • Fund

Creating a sustainable future for the technology that powers our world.

2021 - All rights reserved

Powered by:

Open collective logoDesign available