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The Internet Wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Internet Wins the Nobel Peace Prize!

Well, this is a bit preemptive, but it is still serious.

 The Internet has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Wired Magazine nominated the Internet, and it has been endorsed, and is being seriously considered. The Nobel Peace Prize is extremely prestigious and I’m sure that the Internet is delighted to win. But what about the monetary award that goes with the Nobel Prize?Nobel Prize

During WWI and WWII, there were several years when the prize money was added back to the prize fund. I am curious though – When the Internet wins, who gets the prize?  4 people come to mind: Vinton Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Kahn and Al Gore.  Any of them might be deserving, and all of them might have good uses for the money.

I propose that when the Internet wins, the Nobel Foundation should donate the Nobel Prize money to the International Red Cross, to help Haiti.  I ask that each of these deserving recipients, and also Wired Magazine individually and collectively support that, as well.

This is fitting for a number of reasons. The Internet, as a Prize Winner is strong and valuable in times of political unrest; but it is most powerful in situations of strife and tragedy. The International Red Cross has won the Nobel Peace Prize 3 times – in 1917, 1944, and 1963, and the human suffering and human toll in Haiti is current, tragic, and perhaps the best place for those funds to go, today. Donating that prize to the International Red Cross for Haiti Relief efforts would do the most good, now.

What do you think?


February 7, 2010 - Posted by | Life

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