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Izumi Aizu

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. He has been participating in ICANN, WSIS and IGF as a member of the Civil Society.
In 2000, he moved back to Tokyo. He represented Japanese NPO at the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force from 2000 to 2002.
He was 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.

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 opened “Fab Lab Oita” in 2014.
He has organized "Next Mobility Bazar" in 2016 and 2017 as his recent focus shifted to "Mobility" - physical and digital combined.