In the wake of the tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami last Friday, people in Japan — and indeed all over the world — have been scrambling to sort through the news in search of information they can trust.

In the first few hours after the quake, telephone service was disrupted in some areas and restricted to emergency access only in others. Internet access was interrupted for many as well.

At the time, I couldn't make any calls, and my Internet was not restored until late Friday night. During outages I used the Net connection on an Amazon Kindle to get messages to friends and family, as my mobile phone was rendered all but useless.