The domain thehansofoundation.org was registered on July 18, 2005 by ABC, although the ownership changed from ABC to Verisign DBMS on April 20, 2006.
Original Web site EditThe Hanso Foundation was first mentioned in the Lost season 2 episode "Orientation" — the orientation film includes the copyright declaration "© The Hanso Foundation 1980". Subsequent to the airing of this episode, the Web site www.thehansofoundation.org was launched by ABC.
Most of the links on the site led to a page stating "ACCESS DENIED", but a hidden link on the "Active Projects" page led to a page showing the orientation film seen in the "Orientation" episode.
Another "Active Projects" link, the Hanso Life-Extension Project link, displayed a press release dated September 21, 2005 regarding the life-extension of an orangutan named "Joop" celebrating its 105th birthday.
Finally, the "Alvar Hanso" page showed a photo of Alvar Hanso. Clicking on this photo showed an animation of a computer screen similar to the one Michael encounters in the episode "The 23rd Psalm". After this, the page displayed an internal memorandum dated October 5, 2005, from the Global Health Organization regarding the Hanso Life-Extension Project.
In March 2006, the site became unavailable. In the official Lost podcast dated March 28, 2006, the executive producers said the site was "down for remodeling" and would be available again in May. It came back online for a brief 2 weeks, with very little updates it is now back offline and due back in July.
Revamped Web site EditThe site was relaunched on May 2, 2006, with a completely new design. The site is now entirely created in Macromedia Flash instead of plain HTML. It features most of the old content with greater detail and significant new content.
In addition to the content shown openly on the site, fans of Lost have found additional pages and information by finding hidden easter eggs and decompiling the Flash files on the site.
A May 5, 2006 press release from The Hanso Foundation apologizes for "some sort of disruption" that its site is experiencing. , Press release concerning site disruption. Whether or not this is a genuine apology is not known. What is known is that odd behavior affects the Web site, from input boxes in the middle of text to hidden messages and videos.
On the "Active Projects" list under "Electromagnetic Research Initiative" an image is shown of some sort of northern lights display over the earth. The viewpoint is from space with the caption "Early Morning Hours of October 62, 9291"On June 20, 2006 the website was closed due to "malicious infiltrators" and claims it will be reopened when legal arrangements are made. An address to a supposedly unrelated site, the blog of a person traveling Europe, can be obtained from the source code of the Hanso site. At least some of the places this person visits are the locations of job opportunities listed in the Hanso Careers website.
Current Web Site Edit
The current web page is a statement from Alvar Hanso, which seems to suggest a change of plans and goals of the foundation. However, if you click on the last word in the third paragraph ("humanity"), a message from Thomas Mittelwerk appears, stating that he will continue his work.
The following sites have been featured in Hanso Foundation commercials and provided clues for the Lost Experience:
- www.sublymonal.com - Sprite
- www.letyourcompassguideyou.com - Jeep
- www.hansocareers.com - Monster.com
- www.retrieversoftruth.com - Verizon
On www.thehansofoundation.org prior to March 2006, the following mission statement was presented:
- The Hanso Foundation stands at the vanguard of social and scientific research for the advancement of the human race. For forty years, the foundation has offered grants to worthy experiments designed to further the evolution of the human race and provide technological solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.
The Hanso Foundation: a commitment to encouraging excellence in science and technology and furthering the cause of human development.
With the site update in May 2006, the wording of the mission statement was changed to the following:
- The Hanso Foundation stands at the vanguard of social and scientific research for the advancement of the human race. For forty years, the foundation has offered grants to worthy experiments seeking to promote world peace through improved health, prevention, vitality and longevity.
The Hanso Foundation. Reaching out to a better tomorrow.