Institute for InfoSocinomics, Tama University
Senior Research Fellow & Professor
Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Izumi Aizu is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for InfoSocinomics, Kumon Center, Tama University in Tokyo and unResearcher at the Institute for HyperNetwork Society in Oita, Japan.
Izumi promoted the use of PC based network and the Internet since 1980s. In 1997, he founded Asia Network Research in Malaysia, focusing on societal aspects of the Internet, its global governance and digital divide. In 2000, he moved back to Tokyo. He represented Japanese NPO under the government’s request at the Digital Opportunity Task Force from 2000 to 2002. He has been participating in ICANN, WSIS and IGF as a member of the Civil Society. He served as a Co-Coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) from 2010 till 2012. He was also member of the Working Group on IGF Improvement hosted by CSTD during the same period. He was also selected as a member of IGF Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) in 2012.In 2004, he co-founded Internet Governance Task Force (IGTF) of Japan to engage in the debate on Internet Governance in the WSIS Working Group on Internet Governance. In 2011, after the East Japan great earthquake and Tsunami, he joined the relief works using ICTs and started the Information Support pro bono Platform, iSPP, a not-for-profit organization and serves as Co-Chairperson. Mr. Aizu led a research project on “How people behaved with ICT during the earthquake and Tsunami disaster” and published a detailed statistical report in September 2011 and also co-authored a book “Testimonies of the Devastated People” published in March 2012.His recent papers include “Beyond Network Neutrality” (Telecommunication Journal of Australia, 2009) and Japan Chapter of Global Information Society Watch (APC) under the themes of Content Regulation, Green ICT and Disaster and the use of ICT in 2009, 2010, and 2011 respectively. He also contributed Japan chapter of the “Freedom on the Net 2013” published by the Freedom House.In 2012, he started to examine the social potential of the new form of digital fabrication and become convinced for the huge opportunity with “Social Fabrication” movement. From May 2013 to April 2015, he worked as the Executive Director of the Institute for HyperNetwork Society (IHNS). In January 2014, “Fab Lab Oita” was opened and in 2016 it became independent.