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No. 50 Power of Internet for disaster & environmental control

Izumi Aizu
Institute for InfoSocinomics, Tama Univ.



The Internet as an Engine for Growth and Advancement

People and institutions are getting more and more reliant on the Internet. During and after the large-scale disasters in recent years, diverse and creative use of the Internet-based services are observed such as Ushahidi, Person Finders, twitter, and Open Street Map using GPS to name a few.

As threats of natural disasters have increased due to environmental degradation and climate change impacts, Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become the key source to prevent, detect and mitigate natural disasters, making public safety a priority in all countries.

In Indonesia, The Aceh tsunami (2004) and Mount Merapi eruption (2010) were some natural disaster cases that caused lost in economic and human lives, as well as environmental destruction. There were also problems due to the lack of ICT-based resource management, poor infrastructure, and slow response by the government. These factors led to the promotion of ICT-based disaster management initiatives in Indonesia.

The big data such as TV news texts, tweets, Google search records, mobile phone geographic data, and car navigation records were examined during the Big Data Workshop in 2012 in Japan. Crisis response works are evolving at Google. Continued operation of disaster rescue ICT team is exercised in Indonesia and now being prepared in Japan.

This workshop will provide an overview on the use of Internet based services and ICTs for climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and disaster management; policy, legal and regulatory frameworks; international cooperation for disaster management in countries. In addition, this workshop will address how the use of “Big Data” will add new and potential capability for disaster management.

Most of these activities are guided under multi-stakeholder participation.  And this workshop will provide latest updates with these activities and seek for ways to maximize the power of the Internet for disaster and environmental management in the multi-stakeholder framework.

Has the proponent organised a workshop with a similar subject during past IGF meetings?


Indication of how the workshop will build on but go beyond the outcomes previously reached

The previous workshop shared the best practices on disaster management using Internet-based services. This time, the scope has been expanded to include environmental challenges and the use of ICTs as well as the Internet. We will also highlight the use of “Big Data” that will add a very new and potential capability for observation, analysis and management of the disasters and environmental challenges.

Background Paper

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Session Type




Ms. Sherly Haristya, ID-Config, Civil Society, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. Cristina Bueti, ITU, Intergovernmental Organizations

Asosiasi Penyelenggara Jasa Internet Indonesia (Indonesia ISP Association, APJII) , Technical Community, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) , Civil Society, BANGLADESH, Asia-Pacific Group

Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum, BANGLADESH, Asia-Pacific Group

Mr. Giacomo Mazzone, European Broadcasting Union, Media, SWITZERLAND, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association, Private Sector, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Mr. Patrik Ryan, Policy counsel, Free expression & Int'l relations, Google, Private Sector, UNITED STATES, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOG

Ms. Sherly Haristya, ID-Config (Indonesian Civil Society Organizations Network for Internet Governance), Civil Society, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group

Mr. Izumi Aizu, Information Support pro bono Platform, and Institute for InfoSocinomics, Tama University, Civil Society, JAPAN, Asia-Pacific Group

Mr. Ambar Sari Dewi, Jalin Merapi (Information Network Across Merapi)

Ms. Nevine Tewfik, Head of Research, Studies and Policies, MCIT, Government, EGYPT, African Group

Have the Proponent or any of the co-organisers organised an IGF workshop before?


The link(s) to the workshop report(s)


Panellists and Moderator

Invited panellists, individuals and organisations

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Fumi Yamazaki, Program Manager, Developer Relations, Google, Female, Private Sector, JAPAN, Asia-Pacific GroupBiography

Ambar Sari Dewi, Jalin Merapi, Female, Civil Society, INDONESIA, Asia-Pacific Group, Jalin Merapi was established in 2006 by three community radios in the slope of Mt. Merapi. When Mt. Merapi erupted in 2010, Jalin Merapi collaborated with several NGOs and public organisation.Biography

Tomas Lamanauskas, Adviser on ICTs, Environment and Climate Change, ITU , Male, Intergovernmental Organizations, Western Europe and Others Group - WEOGBiography

Nevine Tewfik, Head of Research, Studies and Policies, MCIT, Egypt, Female, Government, EGYPT, African GroupBiography


Izumi Aizu

Remote Moderator

Sherly Haristya and Sylvia Cadena


1. Introduction (5 min)

2. Session 1 – Using Internet and Big Data to manage large-scale natural Disaster
2 presentations (10 min each) and Q&A (5min)

3. Session 2 – Using Internet-based services to manage global climate change
2 presentations (10 min each) and Q&A (5min)

4. Open Discussion (50 min)
Participants are expected to come up with their own findings of common elements between Session 1 and Session 2, and then try to find future direction.

5. Wrap-up by the Moderator (5 min)

Inclusiveness of the Session

Though we have broad topics and also many co-host organizations, we will keep the number of the speakers into 4 and implement strong moderation including strict time management for the speakers to allow free interaction among and with the floor. An “open space” to allow free exchange of ideas will be added at the end of the session, possibly for 10 minutes, after concluding the panel and floor discussion.

Suitability for Remote Participation

We plan to make use of social media such as twitter and Facebook a month before the IGF to stimulate the interest and call for online participation. Remote moderator will make visible intervention and encourage online participants to engage in the dialogue.

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