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The day the Net became a worldwide lifeline
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 1/08/2005 07:18:00 PM.

Krakatoa became the world's first international disaster in 1883 when news of the volcanic eruption flashed around the globe on a newly laid network of telegraph cables. More than 120 years later, the Internet made the tsunamis in Asia an instant Global Village catastrophe — a massive event shared almost everywhere at the moment it happened. People around the world got on-the-scene reports from survivors filing text messages on cellphones. After the disaster, daily blogs carried detailed accounts of the devastation, and hospital patients sent e-mails home on laptops with wireless technology. In Sweden, mobile phone companies sent mass text messages asking cellphone holders who were alive to respond. Thai hospitals used face recognition software to allow people to upload photos of missing friends or relatives to be cross-checked against a photographic file of the injured and the dead. When a match was made, the person who uploaded the picture was notified by e-mail. The hospitals also set up a grim website labelled, “Artifacts from the deceased or missing,” with pictures of waterlogged passports, rings and close-ups of distinctive tattoos. .............

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