Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, a computer science [assistant] professor at University of California, Irvine whose paper “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse” has played a role in popularizing the term, started thinking about internet resilience when the coronavirus began to spread, and she realized how unprepared we were for a pandemic. Research on widespread internet failure was scant. “We’ve never experienced one of the extreme case events, and we don’t know how our infrastructure would respond to it,” Jyothi said. “Our failure testing doesn’t even include such scenarios.”
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