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Internet For Peace

February 5, 2010

The Internet has made it to the short list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2010.

Is that possible ;)???

 "Internet For Peace"

This is proposed by the Italian magazine Wired. The reason is that they believe the internet promotes ‘dialogue, debate, and consensus through communication.’ Also it is a means ‘destroy hate and conflict and to propagate peace and democracy.’

 

So who is competing against Mr. Internet (or is it Miss? Just wondering;))? There is a Russian human rights activist and even a Chinese nominee, recently imprisoned (quite obvious why:P) for his leadership in movements for human rights and freedom of expression. It is rumoured that the Chinese Government has asked the jury to disregard this application. So does that mean China is cheering for the Internet? China and democracy? Really :P??

 

I agree that the idea of the Internet spreading love and brotherhood between one and all is ideal. But somehow to me it feels unrealistic. Is it that they are unaware of the fact that the reverse can also be possible? Are they ignorant about hacking and cyber crimes? The internet is merely a tool, the manifesto says so itself. I always assumed that the Nobel Prize was for individuals or organizations who had achieved significant progress in their respective fields

Peace is something which can be identified within the individual using the internet. So that means a Nobel for each and everyone of us :D!! That is so cool!!

 

In spite of reading a lot of views for the nomination, I still don’t understand the concept behind it. Several jokes are doing the rounds on the Internet (no pun intended :D) like ‘Who’ll collect it?’ and ‘What will the acceptance speech be?’ I think this is a very serious issue, which the Internet should consider, don’t you think?

 

Anyways for those who want to be a part of the movement can sign up here. And if you do, please do not hesitate to give me your reasons.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010 1:00 AM

    Yeah, just the argument – that internet is a ‘tool’ that people/organizations use – is enough to discard ‘internet’ from the list of ‘nomination’. Nobel peace prize can be / should be given to people and/or organization and not a tool, isn’t it? 😀

  2. February 8, 2010 12:14 AM

    My dilemma here is the candidate ITself: although the world communication has improved considerably, the Nobel Peace Prize would relate to “Peace” rather than “Communication” and if so – than the nomination should rather be “The Internet population” and not the medium itself. As mentioned, the first to propose Intenet for nomination was the Italian version of the Wired Magazine, their arguments are presented here: http://digitallunch.blogspot.com/. Do you think these arguments are enough?

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