|[2001 Highs & Lows]
The Year in Review
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As the smoke around the World Trade Center finally started to settle, the focus on the search for survivors intensified. Family members not only searched hospitals in the New York area, but turned to the Internet, desperate for any details about the missing. MSNBC
September 11's tragedy may have been the first full-blown crisis in which cellular phones played a central role. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told the media that calls were coming through from survivors trapped in the rubble of the collapsed WTC buildings. Bin Laden, long in hiding and believed to be in rural Afghanistan, communicated by satellite phone. A CNN reporter in Kabul, transmitted the first a statement from a Taliban leader on the terrorist attacks. But without question, the most powerful and disturbing cell-phone connections in Tuesday's events were the terrified calls made from the hijacked airliners. Wireless News Factor
Thousands of people recorded what they saw and experienced -- and somehow ended up sharing their innermost fears and personal anguish with thousands, if not millions, of other people by virtue of lightning-fast e-mail chains. WSJ Archives
The FBI obtained hundreds of unencrypted e-mail messages exchanged by the hijackers and their associates, dating as far back as 30 to 45 days prior to the Sept. 11 attacks. The online communications contained relevant evidence as well as seemingly casual chitchat and are written in both English and Arabic. ABCNews
As New York coped with the devastation in lower Manhattan, the technology and business community mobilized its resources to help businesses and colleagues with free office space. @New York
Microsoft joined with five othe technology companies to support those affected by the Sept. 11 disasters : Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Cisco. The American Liberty Partnership is a website that allowed people worldwide to donate money through credit cards for relief efforts related to the tragedy. Wired
Microsoft gave $5 million in cash and $5 million in software and services to help relief groups and government agencies deal with the attacks.
Verizon for the first time provided recordings en masse allowing their voice-mail subscribers, more than 5 million people in 31 states, to retrieve and save messages left for them by loved ones after the attacks. Washington Post
The afternoon of September 22, the owner of the domain name worldtradecenter.com made his website available for help in any way and linked to the donations page of the Red Cross.
The four major broadcast networks went four days without an ad, the longest stretch since President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Local stations, were also- ad-free for days. Washington Post
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called for the creation of the technology equivalent of the National Guard to make sure communications infrastructure can be mobilized during a national emergency. At New York
For many New Yorkers, the Twin Towers are legendary. But for some, there is now talk about the buildings, the kind that sometimes spurs urban legends. Some residents of the Lower East Side say they see he outlines of the two destroyed buildings. Newsday article.
There were hoaxes and rumors following the attacks. For more go to Strange Online or Slopes Urban Legend page and click on "Rumors of War ".
Tributes and Websites
webarchivist.org worked with The Internet Archive in collaboration with the Library of Congress to identify and archive pages and sites related to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
Editorial cartoonists' pens responded to terrorism with gripping insight and a biting wit.
A "video quilt" was set up by a group of digital pros as another way for people to express their sorrow over September's terrorist attacks. Wired
"September 1, 1939", W. H. Auden's poem in response to Germany's invasion of Poland matches much of what happened on September 11 and was read all over America. Slate
America Survives gathered reports from citizens and supporters of democracy to share their stories and ideas and to respond to others.
The Days After Essays and reflections in the aftermath
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