Supply-chains.us is a living, online archive that comprehensively traces all geographies, processes, and people behind supply chains, particularly those required for consumer technology. It acts as a resource that is informative and engaging, making the extractive processes behind much of our consumption less abstract and more transparent, and equipping people with the desire and tools to learn more. Initially, the repository would be designed as an open source platform, but throughout the accelerator program the team changed course and is now building a browser extension.
Interim report from September 2021:
What problem does the project solve?
The year 2020 has made it clear how integral supply chains are to modern life, but also that they are deeply vulnerable.
However, despite a growing awareness of their importance, supply chains remain abstract and invisible to many. Existing initiatives and projects centered around supply chains tend to use academic jargon, or attract industry experts and lack greater accessibility. On the other hand, artistic interpretations tend to focus on visual impact, thereby losing a great deal of their informative and educational purpose.
What is the intended purpose of the project?
“Our vision is a world where no supply chain depends on exploitation.”
The mission of supply-chains.us is to bridge information and engagement gaps surrounding technology supply chains by bringing the conversations about supply chains (and the labor enabling them) from predominantly techno-managerial settings into the public and political realm.
In a wider sense, the project wants to help shape a public that is more collectively attuned to the transnational processes that shape our lives, their collective independence, and the deeply uneven nature of this interdependence.
Which target groups does the project address?
Supply-chains.us addresses a two-fold audience. Firstly the project hopes to engage a broader audience in the conversation about what supply chains are, how they work, and who they serve. Secondly, the project hopes to forge stronger connections between individuals or groups who share an interest in these topics and strive to build stronger interdisciplinary bridges.