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Izumi Aizu is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for InfoSocinomics, Kumon Center, Tama University in Tokyo and Deputy Director at the Institute for HyperNetwork Society in Oita, Japan. He is also Co-Chairperson of newly established Information Support pro bono Platform (iSPP), a coordination body for disaster relief works using ICT. iSPP website is found at:
Izumi promoted the use of PC based network in the 1980s and the Internet in the ’90s. In 1997, he founded Asia Network Research in Malaysia, focusing on societal aspects of the Internet, global governance and digital divide. In April 2000, he moved back to Tokyo. He represented Japanese NPO under the government’s requests at the Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT Force, 2000-2002).
He has been participating in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) activities as a member of civil society. He has been trying to bring the voices of users at ICANN process. Since 2003, he has engaged in the WSIS preparatory process and main meetings till 2005. Since 2006, he has been proactively engaged in IGF processes and in 2010, he was elected as the Co-Coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) as well as the member of Working Group on IGF Improvement hosted by United Nations Committee for Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).
In 2004 he co-found Internet Governance Task Force (IGTF) of Japan to engage in the debate on Internet Governance at the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance. In 2009, he co-founded Japan Internet Domain Name Council to promote Internationalized Country Code Top Level Domain, dot Nippon, to bring fair and open selection and governance process for ccTLD management in multi-stakeholder manner in Japan.
In 2011, after the earthquake in Japan, he proposed to initiate the relief works using ICTs to the devastated areas which led the foundation of Information Support pro bono Platform, iSPP, a not-for-profit organization with some 100 members. Mr. Aizu led a research project on “How people behaved with ICT – what they could rely on and what they could not” – issued a detailed statistical report and also wrote a book published in Mar, 2012.
His recent papers in English include “Beyond Network Neutrality” (Telecommunication Journal of Australia, 2009) and Japan Chapter at Global Information Society Watch (APC) under the theme of Content Regulation, Green ICT and Disaster and the use of ICT in 2009, 2010, 2011 respectively.