[At-Large] A message from the other side of Pacific

Hong Xue hongxueipr at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 16:46:38 UTC 2011

Dear Izumi,

All APRALO colleagues are firmly with you and Japanese ALSes. It has never
been so vividly felt that we love our neighbors. We want to do whatever we
could to help. We are so touched that you are still following ICANN meeting
in your busy relief works. Do take good care of yourself. Let us know what
we could do for you.



On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:57 PM, Izumi AIZU <iza at anr.org> wrote:

> Dear AtLarge community,
> Thank you for all the care and warm messages.
> As you have seen/read, the earthquake and Tsunami hit North Eastern part
> of Japan on Friday so badly.
> As time goes, we are learning more damages and losses.
> Thousands of people are still missing mostly in the coastal areas.
> The nuclear stations have ongoing problems which is escalating.
> Afterquake became daily or hourly event even in Tokyo, but sending
> more uncertainty to already scared people in the severely affected areas,
> especially these people in the shelters. That is some half a million people
> with little food, oil, blankets and medicine.
> I was inside a subway train when it hit. It was a little scary. The
> train stopped,
> the announcement came - Large-scale earthquake is hitting us.  etc. Then
> after 20 min, it moved slowly to reach the next station, Ginza, very center
> of
> Tokyo. It took some three hours to walk back home, by 7 pm. All of my
> family members, colleagues and friends around Tokyo are fine.
> A number of us are starting to discuss how to help and support the relief
> and
> recovery works to come, in terms of information gathering and sharing using
> the Internet (and other means as well). Members include local and also
> central
> government people, Cloud and SNS providers, software guys, etc.
> still informally yet. We feel sharing the information timely and
> effectively
> is one of the key elements for post-disaster activities. Not easy, though.
> I hope you guys are having fruitful meetings in San Francisco, or
> participate
> remotely at home. I also hope new gTLD introduction will make significant
> progress including the geographic TLDs. The City of Sendai's director
> for Information policy is one of the most active participants of our study
> group for geo-TLD. He is doing his best now to help support citizens.
> Anyway, I miss you all, but hope you also note what happened
> across the Pacific.
> best,
> izumi
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Dr. Hong Xue
Professor of Law
Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL)
Beijing Normal University
http://www.iipl.org.cn/ <http://iipl.org.cn/>
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