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Public institutions, from universities and museums to public service media and local governments, are rapidly becoming digitized. In this process, they increasingly depend on digital platforms, operated by major corporations, most prominently Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. Consequently, public institutions have limited control over how key services are developed and how data is collected and processed through these services. The Covid-19 crisis, which further accelerates digitization, has made this particular urgent. This webinar discusses whether there is a need for digital public infrastructures. Which digital public services are needed and how should these be developed? What resources are needed to make public digital services successful?

Event details of Digital Public Infrastructures
Date 23 September 2020
Time 15:00 -16:00


Thomas Poell, Professor of Data, Culture & Institutions, University of Amsterdam


  • Jack Linchuan Qiu, Professor at the National University of Singapore and author of Goodbye iSlave
  • Seda G├╝rses, Associate Professor at TU Delft, she works among others on software infrastructures, social justice and political economy. 
  • Geert-Jan Boogaerts, Head Digital Media @VPRO, and Initiator of PublicSpaces (

You will receive an email with the link to access the webinar after you register.