Will the Internet win the Nobel Prize in 2010?

nobel prizeIn what Al Gore must consider a real coup, the Internet could win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. The BBC reports that there are a record 237 individuals nominated for the award in 2010, which exceeds last year’s record of 205. President Obama won last year for his work in facilitating peace talks between Israel and Palestine, although the jury is still out as to how impactful Mr. Obama’s work will prove to be. Like the services of a loan company, a better long-term plan is always the best solution in the end.

The Internet, however, in all its glory as a “series of tubes,” is up for consideration because it has advanced numerous debates on world issues. An Internet gaming platform that attempts to solve world problems as “Urgent Evoke” does is enough to attract attention, although Creative Director Jane McGonigal should get the praise in that case, rather than the entire Internet.

For all the good it does, the Internet also serves to devolve us mentally

Or has Nobel Institute Director Geir Lundestad turned a blind eye to the massive, passive time sink that the bulk of Web surfers know as the online experience? Thousands of individuals and organizations may have nominated the Internet for Nobel Prize, including former Nobel laureates, government officials and professors, but does that mean that the nomination is a good idea? Does the small amount of good debate and outreach outweigh all of the garbage that seeks to obtain your credit card number?

Here are some examples of the “extraordinary power of the Internet”

The Nobel Prize committee has received an extensive report on why the Internet should win Nobel Prize. Thanks to the BBC, we have a short list of Digital giants: movers and shakers in Internet technology who make the Internet Nobel Prize worthy. Don’t think that the $100 laptop project isn’t among the selling points for the Internet’s Nobel Prize campaign.

When will we know if the Internet wins Nobel Prize?

That will be on October 8, 2010, so we have a long way to go. There will be the standard cash prize involved, which should amount to about $1.4 million (10 million Swedish kronor). That’s what President Obama received, and I hope it went straight into stimulating America’s economy.

And who will accept if the Internet wins the Nobel Prize?

Who can say? As you aren’t dealing with any one person or organization, I imagine that the tech giants like Cisco who are responsible for much of the hardware that is the Internet will jockey for position. Hardly as glamorous as a human rights activists like Svetlana Gannushkina or Liu Xiaobo, but we can’t all be tech company CEOs, can we?

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