Session: How can Internet Governance Impact Disaster Preparedness and Response and Help Save Lives?

Time: 
Thu, 2011-09-29 14:30 - 16:00

Concise Description:
Recent natural and man-made disasters have clearly demonstrated the importance of ICTs for connecting relief workers, coordinating response operations, and keeping citizens informed. An increasing number of innovative internet based applications and cloud services have been developed or implemented to facilitate disaster response and recovery efforts, such as helping to locate victims during search and rescue operations. Enabling internet connectivity and restoring networks to ensure continuity of communications following a disaster can mean the difference of lives.
Given the often disproportionate impact of disasters on developing countries, it is critical that disaster preparedness be taken into account when addressing access, infrastructure development and internet governance, with focus on the specific needs of developing countries. When considering infrastructure development plans, what steps can be taken to ensure resiliency or redundancy of critical infrastructures following a disaster? What impact can internet governance have on the ability of relief workers, public safety officials, and citizens to communicate and gain access to critical information following a disaster? What internet applications are being used for disaster response? Do those applications and other communications systems take account of the specialized needs of persons with disabilities, those in rural or remote areas, or those who may be illiterate? How can the increased spread of mobile devices in developing countries help with disaster preparedness and response?
This workshop will explore the connection between disaster preparedness and internet governance, including a discussion of the role the internet and internet based applications play in disaster response and recovery operations and steps that can be taken to ensure continuity of operations following a disaster.

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Coders4africa (Coders4Africa)

RT @anahi_ayala: We need to plan and think about long term sustainability of emergency technologies when we decide to use them #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

anahi_ayala (anahi ayala iacucci)

For 1st time in 2 years got good answers to my questions @google on person finder and google map maker. Quite amazed! #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

anahi_ayala (anahi ayala iacucci)

Hating the fact that the Panel #IGF11 on Emergency response does not include any time for Q&A #181 c'mon dudes!!!!

2 years 43 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @anahi_ayala: We need to plan and think about long term sustainability of emergency technologies when we decide to use them #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

anahi_ayala (anahi ayala iacucci)

We need to plan and think about long term sustainability of emergency technologies when we decide to use them #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

anahi_ayala (anahi ayala iacucci)

#Inveneo talking about difficulties of mapping resources in the first aftermath of the emergency in #Haiti and the role of #OSM #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

the_mullah (Anonymous)

RT Agreed: Lesson learned from Japan emergency response: "ICT people should establish new emergency preparedness team" #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

anahi_ayala (anahi ayala iacucci)

iSPP Professor Izumi Aizu giving a very interesting overview of the use of ICTs during the Japan emergency http://t.co/NsCdawGe #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago

McDapper (Sean McDonald)

RT @anahi_ayala: When media in Japan went down during the emergency, the best info source was radio (for 1st wk) #IGF11 #181 cc: @SMSradio

2 years 43 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @anahi_ayala: When all media in Japan went down during the emergency, the best useful info source was radio for the 1st week of the emergency #IGF11 #181

2 years 43 weeks ago