Video: The Internet's role

By Brian Williams Anchor & “Nightly News” managing editor
NBC News
updated 12/30/2004 7:40:25 PM ET 2004-12-31T00:40:25

One more note on the search for victims tonight. As you might expect in our thoroughly wired world, the Internet has become a global missing persons bulletin board.

In the tsunami region, hospitals are posting names of the dead and photographs of the injured, in hopes that someone will see them and recognize them.

International news Web sites including the BBC have set up missing persons bulletin boards, by country, with hundreds of entries trying to trace the missing.

Some tourism Web sites — like Lonely Planet — and even homegrown Weblogs, are also listing messages , but they caution they're unofficial and might not be completely accurate.

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