Infrastructure supports many of the activities we do on a daily basis and most of the time we take it for granted that it will work as and when we need it. However, Covid-19 has meant some key infrastructures have come under pressure with unexpected increased use, while others have become inaccessible.
When infrastructure is disrupted, there are often workarounds that spring up to allow people to achieve what they set out to do, whether that be using the internet to communicate, finding transport options under lockdown or accessing and using supply chains. In this project, we call these ad-hoc workarounds ‘shadow infrastructures’. Shadow infrastructures have the potential to be beneficial and drive innovation but they can also provide security risks and opportunities for increased criminal activities.
This project aims to better define the concept of ‘shadow infrastructures’ by using case studies about shadow criminal networks, transport networks, power infrastructure and post-COVID supply chains. By involving SPRITE+ project partners and industry stakeholders, this project will allow trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) considerations around shadow infrastructures to gain a broader awareness in real-life settings. Our team draws on expertise from engineering, transport studies, global development, sociology, and policing.
Call for Events is now open! We're supporting Members and Expert Fellows to lead activities that explore aspects of TIPS in the Digital Economy. We will help to organise the activity with up to £5,000 to cover the associated costs.