Foundation hopes error pages can help find missing children
CNATAIPEI -- With the help of a children's charity, “404 Page Not Found” messages could mean more than missing web pages — they can also identify and help find missing children.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Child Welfare League Foundation held a press conference yesterday urging support for their project, which aims to make pages of information on missing children appear when Web surfers mistype an address or click a broken link.
The foundation hopes to raise awareness of the problem of missing children. Since 1992, the year the foundation started keeping records, 1,499 missing minors have been found in Taiwan, but less than 8 percent of cases were assisted by tip-offs from the public.
As of the end of August, 239 minors in Taiwan remain missing since1992, and 73.6 percent of those have been missing for “a long time,” making them particularly difficult to locate. With help from businesses, organizations, and personal websites willing to change their 404 error pages, there may still be hope.
“The missing minors who show up on your screen could appear in real life,” noted Lin Wu-hsiung, director of the Missing Children Data Resource Center, which was jointly established by the foundation and the government.
Already, 146 websites have signed up as of August, and 500,000 Web visitors have seen the socially-conscious error pages since the initiative launched in July.
The drive was inspired by NotFound.org, a project launched in Belgium last year that uses the error pages to disseminate information about missing children.
Website owners can join by following the steps athttp://404page.missingkids.org.tw/.