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Tuesday 11 January 2005

Tsunami sites help families bypass scams, jokes

The Internet provides an unprecedented resource for anxious relatives seeking to identify tsunami victims or survivors looking for help. But first, they must sort through a maze of scams, Islamist propaganda and tasteless jokes. Foreign and local computer analysts in Thailand have made that task easier by establishing a collection of links to direct Web surfers to the most reliable and authoritative sites. The Web is full of chat groups and forums that allow the public to post messages and chatter about the tsunami. Donation-seeking organizations, meanwhile, are making it easy for compassionate surfers to click and pay.

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