When we talk about infrastructure, many different approaches and questions come to mind:

  • Which resources can be helpfully discussed as shared infrastructure?
  • Who owns, controls, maintains these infrastructures?
  • How much do users or citizens need to know about them?

We’ll post here some of the sources we’ve found helpful in discussing these and other questions.

image adapted from elvissa


The Center for Information Technology Research  in the Interest of Society. Located in Berkley and affiliated with the University of California, this institution focuses on using information technology combined with laboratory research in order to create solutions for societal issues.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation. This organization encourages the increased awareness and knowledge of the infrastructure of land ownership and utilization. Their land use database includes an interactive map.

Marshini Chetty’s website, which includes a list of her published articles as well as links to read them online. Many of her articles relate to her work with broadband access in sub-Saharan Africa.


Brown, J. S., & Duguid, P. (2000). The social life of information. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

Guldi, J. (2012). Roads to power: Britain invents the infrastructure state. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Krippendorff, K. (2005). The semantic turn: A new foundation for design. CRC Press.

Stilgoe, J. (1998). Outside lies magic: Regaining history and awareness in everyday places. New York: Walker and Company.



Blue, R., Dunne, C., Fuchs, A., King, K., & Schulman, A. (2008). Visualizing real-time network resource usage . In Proceedings of the 5th international workshop on Visualization for Computer Security (pp. 119-135).

Edwards, P. N. (2004). Infrastructure and modernity: Force, time, and social organization in the history of sociotechnical systems. In T. J. Misa, P. Brey & A. Feenberg (Eds.), Modernity and Technology (pp. 185-225). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Herman, I., Melançon, G., & Marshall, M. S. (2000). Graph visualization and navigation in information visualization: A survey. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 6(1), 24-43.



Our Center in part grew out of the co-founders working on the following public lecture series at Illinois:

The Year of Social Media (Youtube link)