Katrina and the Net

Websites and blogs are the primary way that news from the Gulf is getting out. With print media and television disabled, the Net has become irreplacable. Newspapers and TV in the Gulf are using their websites to disseminate news. Most Gulf media has relocated out of the affected areas and their web servers (obviously) are in areas that still have electricity.

As a database wonk, I can see that one major task is assembling a massive data repository so people can get back in touch with each other. Yet though this needs to be done quickly, it also needs to be done perfectly, making sure that data is correct. Imagine the effect on a family if that database lists someone as dead when they weren’t.

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WWL TV . They have news on the website and live TV as well. Many of those reporting have lost homes too.

Times Picayune is back after relocating.

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