At the APNIC 32 meeting in Busan, there will be a panel discussion of
particular interest to those of us in New Zealand.
The panel is on Inter-networking during natural disasters (full details
at the end of this email).
I've been asked to be on one of the panellists and while I can share
what my experiences were around the time of the earthquake, I know that
some of you have much better stories and experiences to learn from.
I'd like to be able to present some of these experiences at this panel
so that the knowledge that we've gained as a community can help others
which may be in a similar situation in the future.
So if you were involved with any aspect of networking during or after
the Christchurch Earthquake then I'd like to hear about it.
If you were on the ground pulling fibre.
If you were trying to arrange access to condemned buildings
If you were finding out if you really can pour diesel into a live generator
If you were in another city trying to arrange access to contractors
etc etc etc I'll take anything really because it's all worth learning from.
I don't want to make this process too onerous on everyone, so feel free
to get your experiences to me in whatever way you like.
Write me a long email (on or off list)
Write me a short email (on or off list)
Write me two bullet points
Tell me what worked
Tell me what didn't work
Tell me what you wished you'd had
Tell me what you wished you hadn't had
You can also email me a contact number and we can have a chat if you
don't feel like typing.
Thanks everyone, here's hoping that we can make it easier for anyone
else going through something similar.
Oh and don't forget there are loads of remote participation options for
APNIC conferences, so tune in.
Panel discussion: Inter-networking during natural disasters
When: Thursday, 1 September 2011
Where: Grand ballroom
Time: 09:00 - 10:30 (UTC +9)
Moderator: Philip Smith, APNIC
Inter-networks play a vital role in our daily lives and they have become
a critical infrastructure. However, Inter-networks face a number of
operational challenges during large-scale natural disasters.
Understanding operational challenges and their impact on social
infrastructure as well as the reliance of our daily lives on the
continuity of our economy can help us optimise existing networks and
network operational practices. It will also help plan the improvement of
future relief practices and deal with the challenges of reconstructing
network connectivity and services in the devastated areas.
Panelists will share their experiences and insight about the earthquakes
affecting Christchurch, New Zealand and the earthquake and Tsunami that
hit East Japan. They will also cover some of the operational impact and
lessons learned from these natural disasters.