Infrastructure policies around digital technology currently focus on physical infrastructure such as pipes, cables or antennae. Access to digital technology depends on investment in high-speed networks and the comprehensive deployment of basic infrastructure (e.g. electricity). Policymakers also need to acknowledge the systemic barriers to access created by monopolies or duopolies, many of which will require international cooperation to address.
But significant digital infrastructure is also needed to support consumer protections. This includes open datasets, canonical registers, and documentation that supports development.
Both these types of infrastructures will require continual investment as the technologies and services they support develop.