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Disaster communication. Lessons from the Tohoku disaster

Communications save lives during disasters

Disaster communication: keynote at the 7th KCC Korea Communications Conference, Seoul

Communications save lives during disasters, and are essential for survival, for “situational awareness” (= to know what is going on), for decision making, and business continuity. Nobody likes to experience a disaster, but when disaster strikes there is no time, and decisions taken within a split-second can decide about life or death. Preparations need to be taken far in advance.

Victims and responders need “situational awareness” to take the right decisions

Japan’s continuing disasters have put Japan’s very advanced mobile and fixed line communications systems to an extreme test from which other countries can learn. Currently, Japanese operators are learning from the experience and are hardening communications and broadcasting systems. Understanding communications during disasters is essential for business continuity.

While traditional communications broke down due to overload, social networks showed resilience

It has been reported that mobile communications peak demand during the March 11 disaster increased to about 50-60 times normal volume, leading to a break-down or switch-off of mobile voice communications, and to an extended near-break down of mobile email.

Twitter and social networks showed strength and resilience, as did internet based communications. The internet was initially designed in the 1950s to provide communications during nuclear war.

The Korean Communications Commission invited me to talk about “Communications in disasters” at the 7th Korea Communications Conference in Seoul on May 12, 2011.

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Mobile 2.0 at the Korean Communications Conference

Chairing and keynoting Track 3-3 “Mobile 2.0” at the Korean Communications Conference in Seoul on Thursday June 18, 2009 at the COEX Conference Center.

What will Mobile 2.0 be and how do we get there?
Korea and Japan can be like a time-machine: if we look at Korea and Japan today, we can get a good idea of how Mobile 2.0 could evolve in Europe and US and other advanced markets 5-8 years down the road. Is this a perfect time-machine? No. i-Mode and Japan’s mobile phones never made it onto the world stage, but Korean mobile phones did.
This keynote will set the stage for the Mobile 2.0 panel discussion. I will introduce some of the most outstanding new services which have cultural and society impact: mobile social networks, and literature created on mobile phones for mobile phones, as well as mobile payments, which have the potential to replace money as we know it.
Will Korea, Japan, China and the rest of the world arrive at the same Mobile 2.0 and what will the timing be?
Which are the critical issues? We identify four critical issues for the rapid development of Mobile 2.0, and will discuss these issues with the following panel:

  1. Platforms
  2. Business models
  3. Globalization
  4. Standardization vs risk taking and entrepreneurial initiative

Review our “Mobile 2.0” presentation here:

front row: Ms Kyung-Ja Lee, PhD (Commissioner of the Korean Communications Commission),  Back row (left to right): Kyung Hee Song (Director Radio Planning Division of Central Radio Management Office), Emilian Calemzuk (President FOX TV Studios), Jonathan Levy (Dpty Chief Economist, FCC), Gerhard Fasol (Eurotechnology Japan KK), Kate Bulkley (Journalist), Carlson Chu (Sr VP PCCW Ltd, Hong Kong)
front row: Ms Kyung-Ja Lee, PhD (Commissioner of the Korean Communications Commission),
Back row (left to right): Kyung Hee Song (Director Radio Planning Division of Central Radio Management Office), Emilian Calemzuk (President FOX TV Studios), Jonathan Levy (Dpty Chief Economist, FCC), Gerhard Fasol (Eurotechnology Japan KK), Kate Bulkley (Journalist), Carlson Chu (Sr VP PCCW Ltd, Hong Kong)

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