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Simulation reveals Internet will be fast to go in event of pandemic

How will government function in the event of a global pandemic? Not over the Internet. That's the result of a crisis simulation conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the World Economic Forum.
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How will government function in the event of a global pandemic? Not over the Internet. That's the result of a crisis simulation conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the World Economic Forum. Among the many, many devastating results of such a pandemic revealed by the Influenza Pandemic Simulation (click here for PDF) is a complete shutdown of the telecommunications system:

The telecommunications infrastructure will be severely strained and likely overwhelmed early in the pandemic (some experts opined that the Internet would shut down within two to four days of the outbreak.) This implies that  government and businesses must coordinate and plan for the use of alternative communications channels - telecommuting will not be a viable option. A prioritization scheme for the Internet will need to be put in place so that key organizations and individuals can access information and communicate actionable steps.

In the event of a pandemic, government will order martial law and need to be the central coordinating point between business, government, media, healthcare and the public. In the absence of real progress to fix FEMA, it's not a rosy scenario.

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