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"upstream" versus "downstream"

These words get thrown around a bit, and I think mostly incorrectly, but maybe I am the one who is wrong :)

Scenarios:
- manufacturer A builds something with parts from supplier B
- software A depends on library B

What would you say is "upstream" here?

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This was the inspiration for the poll:

arstechnica.com/information-te

> By hitting a vendor downstream in the supply chain, attackers give themselves more options about the companies they can extort.

The way people use downstream/upstream can be very confusing to me

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