LIRNEasia research fellow, Nuwan Waidyanatha, will be part of a panel discussion on ‘Rapidly Reconnecting the Disconnected in Disasters‘ at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum to be held in Bangkok from 26 to 29 July, 2017.
The session, titled “Cry for Help!” is meant to expose participants to low-cost, easy-to-use tech and foster an environment which challenges experts through dialogue and participatory exercises.
“Rapid Restoration of Access to Telecommunication” (RREACT) – AP is highly susceptible to disasters. Telecommunications, as a critical infrastructure, is vital for crisis management. Disasters are known to bring down telecoms and disconnect the public from being able to “cry for help”, a deprived human right. Harmonizing with the Sustainable Development Goals, especially for communications resilience. For such RREACT programs are an important element. In spite of various programs that are in place, there are always operational, policy and regulatory barriers, more so than technical, that prevents RREACT programs from coming to life during crises.