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Internet

  • By: Lucy Stanbrough
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Like many tools available for assisting with disaster risk reduction and relief, the Internet is relatively young, and is in a constant state of evolution in order to meet user needs as the technology and available tools evolve. Within 15 years, the Internet has grown from a group work tool for scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) into a global information space with an estimated 1.5 billion users worldwide, whether through desktop computers, laptops, or mobile devices, making it one of the most effective methods for distributing and coordinating information.

Increasing the usage and accessibility of information is a key requirement before, during, and after a disaster, with effective disaster management and response demanding rapid utilization of information and data. With the increasing ...

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