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The Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Category : General 12 Mar 2010 10:07 AM | Insider News
The Internet is in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has confirmed. Championed by Wired magazine in Italy, the nomination has been backed by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte.
Italian Wired suggests that the Internet should receive the highly regarded prize for helping to advance “dialogue, debate and consensus.”
The nomination from Wired has been dismissed by some as a publicity stunt — and the support of long-time wired columnist and investor Nicholas Negroponte is hardly surprising. Although currently seeing some success with the One Laptop per Child program, Negroponte’s past projects have included such dubious endeavors as Swatch Internet Time.
The award is to be given to the person (or organization) who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” The creators of the World Wide Web — Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Roberts and Vint Cerf — have been nominated, too.
The final nominations will be now be considered by the Committee with the winner due to be announced on October 8, while the awards ceremony will take place in December.