If the Internet wins the Nobel Peace Prize, do we all get a trophy?
Several nominees for the prestigious 2010 prize, which was awarded last year to President Obama, surfaced on Wednesday in news reports. Among them: "The Internet" and, separately, several of the Web's creators, including Larry Roberts, Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, who is pictured above.
If one of those guys wins, it's pretty clear who would receive the award.
But if the Internet wins? No one seems to know what would happen then. Maybe give it to Al Gore?
The Internet's credentials aren't bad. Recently, it helped speed relief efforts to Haiti and organized protesters in Iran. Wired Magazine in Italy, which has been advocating for the nomination, says it spreads "dialogue, debate and consensus."
That and, as Chatroulette showed us, porn.
The truth is that the Internet is designed as a fairly neutral platform - and it's used both for good and ill. That's perhaps why the nomination has sparked so much debate - ahem - on the Internet.
Some Web sites, including the tech blog Mashable, have asked whether Wired Magazine in Italy is raising the issue to try to get publicity. One commenter on that blog wrote: "This is a really dumb idea for a bunch of smart people ... I think it is just a publicity stunt on Wired's part."
Others say it's silly to give the Nobel Peace Prize to a thing instead of a person.
The who-will-accept-this-award thread is becoming a running joke online:
"If the Internet wins the Nobel Peace Prize, I really hope a cat accepts the award," Twitter user @joyengel wrote, in an apparent reference to the goofy LOLcats meme.
The Internet has an unprecedented amount of competition. There were more Nobel Peace Prize nominees - 237– this year than ever before, according to news reports.
Not all of the Peace Prize nominations have been made public. Lots of people, from professors to government officials, can submit nominations for the prize.
The prize winner will be announced in October.
If the Internet wins, who do you think should get the prize? And do you think it would be deserved?
Posted by: John D. Sutter -- CNN.com writer/producerFiled under: Internet
they should donate the money for the 1 pc per children or something like that involve internet access to everyone around the world!
Since the Internet is comprised of users, it is obvious that the users receive the award.. How better to commemorate the Internet than with a massive "Prize Claim Form" spam letter? Mass mailed to every Internet address registered - but have it be legit! Everyone that fills out the form gets post mailed a little plaque, trophy or medallion!
Or if you want to be more legit about it, have a website dedicated to users that want a piece of the action and they can voluntarily submit their information to be part of the winners that receive a plaque, trophy or medallion!
Cool, eh? I mean you definitely can't give it to a scientist or politician... They barely use it anyway... you gotta give the award to the people that make it what it is– the users themselves.
The Internet award should be presented to Rick Astley.
The internet would be more deserving than last year's winner – whose only accomplishment was winning an election. And from what I've seen in the past year is his only accomplishment.
I think the Internet's original development team and the team
leader(s) are well overdue for a public thank you. Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize would be very appropriate. Let me personally go on record; THANK YOU! – ds
I think , Vice President Al Gore should get the prize. After all, Mr. Gore Invented it.
It would be a shame to not let Mr. Gore receive his hard earned prize.
Since CERN developed the World Wide Web, they will probably get the prize if the Internet actually wins
I think the internet is a fabulous nominee. Working in the IT industry, I can see both the good the internet can do for global business and communications and the very worst – if teh INTERNETZ was to win, a website should be created instead of the typical medal. Reminding people of all the good things we can accomplish if we only (net)WORK together :)
Tim Berners Lee of course.
Can I win..I need the prize money!
Communication is the key to peace, so it makes sense to award the internet, our best communication tool, a price as the best tool that there is for peace today. Organizations have received the Nobel Price for Peace before, and the choice of the internet would be just another step from praising good human intentions to pointing out and protecting the needed infrastructure to make peace possible: Structure wins over strategy.
>> "Maybe give it to Al Gore?"
Good grief!! After more than a decade, you're still trotting out that ridiculous piece of nonsense?
Al Gore NEVER claimed to have invented the Internet. Never.
What he did say was that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet" - a statement wholeheartedly SUPPORTED in an article by Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf (the latter of whom your own article specifically acknowledges WAS one of the Internet's creators.)
I have copied the first sentence of that article below:
"Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development."
The article's full text can be found at the following link:
I rest my case.
Funny but ridiculous. Television and the internal combustion engine didn't win either, nor did any other technological milestones.
I nominate Viagra for a Nobel Prize. IT has brought peace, joy and satifaction to people all around the world. It is starting a revolution! My appologies to anyone named Viagra I am speaking of the little blue pill.
I really think that Tim Berners Lee should get the noble prize. I mean i know he didn't create the internet, but the WWW is what made the internet so widely used nowdays.
I think Al Gore should get it. . . he did invent the Internet after all!
The internet?.....its one of the reason my job has been outsourced, it provides pedophiles a direct track into your home, it's the reason why many marriages have broken, its given new life to porn, it's created a worldwide addiction in many as well as made many Americans even fatter as they sit in front of it, it hurt the retail industry, it allows terrorist groups to recruit members, it allows teenage bullies to upload images of them beating other children up, and lets not even talk about scams and viruses....
Al Gore of course...lol
dang it, I was going to say Al Gore but you beat me to it
Lol at this one. I think air needs to get it too.
I CAN HAZ NOBEL PREYEZ>
First lets take President Obama's and Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize away for they did nothing for the prize. This will give the world two medals to give to someone who deserves the Peace Prize. And do not give to the internet.
This reminds me of when "you" won TIME magazine's person of the year.
If the prize goes to the internet,google should receive it. For quite some time I thought internet means google or the reverse.
The internet is what has kept my business running .I do not know where I would be without it!
well after following the line from CERN, it seems Tim couldn't have developed HTTP without the NeXT computer, developed by Steve Jobs, which couldn't have started his company with out the inital investments and resources of... Ross Perot! So Thanks Ross for your indirect contrabutions to the WWW !!! -LOL
The internet was born from the Army Research Project Agency (ARPA) network and later turned over to commercial world. Having worked on the ARPA net development, many of your protocals and concepts which lay the foundation of what you see today and your ability to leave dumb comments. CERN did invent the world wide web (e.g. http) allowing scientist around the world to communicate.
It's an intriguing idea, "the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Peace is the Internet." The Internet has connected cultures and societies in ways not previously possible. We can go directly to people rather than relying on second hand stories and impressions. The Internet is allowing us to share ideas and experiences, promote our understanding of each other. Certainly there is content on the Internet that is contrary. I'm willing to suffer the malicious content because of all of the truly wonderful possibilities we might realize from a better connected world.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the agency that sponsored the research and development of the internet, should get it... DoD getting the Nobel Peace Prize LOL!
Thanks for the fun comments! I just posted a couple of them on our @cnntech Twitter feed. Here's that post: http://twitter.com/cnntech/status/10324374394 - John / CNN.com
How much stupider can the world get?
Obama gets one, now the Internet?
Hey, if Obama can get a Nobel Peace Prize, why not the internet?
If the internet wins, I'm going to put this on my resume along with my 2006 Time Magazine Person of the Year award.
Considering how little the fundamental infrastructure has changed since its inception, credit shared between Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn would be an obvious place to start. However, due to the highly incremental and layered process that gives us this kind of advanced technology, from hardware to software, it should be given to many more; as a statement of collaboration itself. In other words, it’s not just the technology that deserves the recognition, but the spirit of collaboration and standardization, as well.
The whole "Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet" canard has been debunked thoroughly. See http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp
Why would CNN continue to spread this incorrect and politically-biased claim?
even though the internet has done so much for people who can speak their mind with out reprisal.I think the prize should go to Hedda the girl who was shot and killed in the streets of Iran by their govermant live on U-tube last year.
If the internet is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, I say tacos should also be nominated. I mean, c'mon. If the taco bell dog were still alive, would'nt it be awesome to see him receive it?
Obama will obviously win it again. He didn't need to do anything last year, he needn't do anything again.
Ignoring the obvious issue of the Internet not being a person then we need to look at this being a "Peace" prize. Does the Internet bring about more Peace than War/Violence/Bloodshed/Terrorism. There are all kinds of predators on the Internet. I doubt in the end you could make the claim that the Internet inspires more peace than violence. It would be more accurate to say it is a new battleground.
Give it to Al Gore!!!! After all the one he received for the global warming settled science would be taken away.
Let's give the award to oxygen. Without it, we'd all be dead long ago.
What a joke. Of course, after giving it last year to someone whose major accomplishment was winning an election, we might as well give it to a non-living thing.
Ooh better yet, let's give the award to carbon.
Changed my mind. Let's give it to gravity. None of us would be here without it.
Also, it causes bullets to fall to the ground.
The Taco Bell Dog is dead?!
i can haz piece pryze?
All your peace prize are belong to us.
If the Internet wins, the patent trolls will be out like cockroaches in a garbage filled tenement.
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I had such a funny picture, trying to figure how everyone looked when someone nominated "the internet"
View it here:
Like how do people react to that...
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The IETF, as keeper of the Internet standards should receive it, and it should be given to the IETF chair.
lol and I thought the nobel peace prize was a joke when Obama won for having done nothing. Next year can we nominate the atom bomb for ending WWII and bring peace to so many?"
When I first got onto the net in 1994 I was fortunate to find the "Internet Systems Handbook" ( (c) 1993) edited by David Lynch and Marshall Rose. It consists of 18 chapters, each written by an Internet pioneer, including Vint Cerf who along with Robert Kahn invented the TCP/IP protocol the Internet runs on.
According to that source the net has its roots in ideas presented by Paul Baran RAND Corp. in the early 1960s which later came to fruition in through the ARPANET, the US Govt funded precursor of the Internet which was deployed in 1972 under the direction of R.E. Kahn. In the late 1980s the National Science Foundation began constructing NSFNET, a super computer network conceived by Peter Jennings.
In was on ARPANET that the TCP/IP and dynamic routing protocols were developed. Developed during the Cold War a underlying concern was that the network be able to survive a nuclear attack which wiped out a communication hub. Inherent in the design of IP protocols was the ability for routers to communicate with each other and automatically re-route traffic around the damaged site.
Some of the first applications were Telnet (terminal emulation) which allowed a user on the West Coast to log into an idle computer on the East coast as like a local user, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Prior to 1982 messages between users were sent as text files via FTP. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) which is still used today was proposed by Jon Postel in RFC 821 in 1982.
The "World Wide Web" and HTML conceived by Tim Berners-Lee isn't even mentioned in that authoritative 1993 Internet book. Prior to the WWW the concept was the centralize information. The revolutionary concept underlying the WWW was the transparent linking of information stored on different computers.
One of the first web browsers, ViolaWWW, was the invention of Pei-Yuan Wei who released Viola 0.8 in 1991. In 1992 a team of students at the University of Kansas (Lou Montulli, Michael Grobe and Charles Rezac) created a text-only hypertext browser called Lynx which was shared for free and became widely used until April following year when the "Mosiac" graphic web browser by Marc Andresen, at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
The Mosaic web browser put the net into the media spotlight and the fact it ran on Windows helped to popularized it. When I started creating and hosting web pages in Sept 1994 most people who had computers at home couldn't use Mosiac because they lacked the necessary PPP/SLIP protocol dial-up access. The desire to use the Mosaic browser fueled the growth in home computing.
Perhaps next year's award should go to "time" for "healing all wounds".
I received an e-mail from a Nigerian prince today promising that *I* get to accept the award!! All I have to do is send him $450 to process some paperwork...
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Dave from the 'Dave After Dentist' video should accept it. Just make sure he's on whatever drug he was on when he gives his speech.
kevin: "Why would CNN continue to spread this incorrect and politically-biased claim?"
Because their job, as they see it, is to parrot right-wing propaganda as given truths. When they persist in perpetuating lies that were disproven a decade ago, It's very hard to come up with any other explanation.
Although I'm all for technology and the advancement of it the peace prize should be given to a real person for better things that the internet. Yes, the internet has changed the world as we know it but I feel that there are far more deserving people on this earth then those creating gadgets on the web.
If the internet is ultimately selected for the Nobel Prize I think that Al Gore should accept the award. It would be only natural since he is one of the original inventors of the internet!!!
i think they should give the internet an E-trophee if it wins.
why not al gore's mother?
Someone from the pornography industry should accet the award, since the internet is used for that more than anything else.
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End of 1999
did a Top 100 Most Influential People of the last 1000 yrs.
The most influencial, important person was not Einstein, Newton, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Edison.
It was Johann Gutenberg.
Inventor of the printing press.
Through Gutenberg, all the ones listed on that Top 100 list, their thoughts, ideas, discovereis were shared, developed, evolved through Gutenberg's efforts with the printing press.
It deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. **
It is the modern day Johann Gutenberg smashing international boundaries, affecting every facets of our lives – economic, social, political.
If it wins, who should accept the award?
All of us.
** I say that The Internet deserves the Nobel Peace Prize : not necessarily this year, but next year, or year after that is fine. Why? Because other notables on Peace nomination list are on there as well. If you asked me, who should receive Peace Prize this year – it would be Liu Xiaobo. (In the year that Google takes a stand against the Chinese Government,) Liu Xiaobo is jailed for his stand for human rights with Charter 08. Liu Xiaobo ( and symbollically all chinese dissidents ) deserves his Nobel. The Internet can wait another year to receive the Nobel. Liu Xiaobo and the chinese people cannot.
In this case...The Radio,Television , the Press also deserve this Prize...Long life to Radio...
Pl grant noble Prize to US Google internet Bitch for Robbing and Destroying my property since 25 months for no fault of mine bitch is a world destroyer Nasty Interfears while watching Web Not allowed Web and music Devil Shameless shows nude Pictures when I ask Web Down Shame Google
Most dirt Criminal Nasty US Google internet Bitch Robbed all My property since 25 months for mno fault of mins Shame Google
The Internet also enabled you to easily post your whiney, pessimistic thoughts for all the world to see...
Al Gore should get the internet award! He invented the thing for crying out loud.
I think the award should go to President Bush, who encouraged people to use the "internets" and "the google".
After Obama, Al Gore, and even YASSER ARAFAT won Nobel Peace Prize, this Prize has become a joke
Ridiculous. The Internet is not an entity, and if it was, it certainly doesn't deserve any awards. The Internet, for all it's pluses, has just as many negative attributes. For one thing, it's virtually unregulated. Anyone can post, upload, or transmit anything if they try hard enough. By anything, I mean viruses, scams, fraudulent offers, terrorist plans, stolen personal information, "sexting" pictures of nude juveniles, gruesome acts of murder, rape, and torture, and pornography vile enough to shock the devil. Don't forget threats, on-line bullying, voyeurism, and hate messages. Incidents of teen suicides, sex crimes, workplace violence and school shootings have increased greatly due to the influence of Internet-transmitted media reports. People are getting very bad ideas from the 'net about how to resolve things they aren't happy about, and all too often that means violence towards themselves and/or others. They also can find the means to do it: everything from bomb building to buying ammunition. All you need is a credit card, there's no proof of age required. I couls say more,but I hope you get the idea. How does any of this equate to efforts to promote peace?
the nobel peace prise has become a JOKE. Obama won last year for doing NOTHING and now they are giving it to a thing, the internet, a giant computer network. Great, maybe 2012 will be the end of the world :(
the world has become a sad place, im glad i have my little corner of happyness :)
heydude, it was only nominated... it hasn't won yet. Granted, after Al Gore won it for a scaremongering documentary based on fudged data, and Obama won it for being elected, the bar is pretty low these days.
Maybe the US government who funded the initial research that lead to the development of the internet.
For innovative blog moderation,
CNN should get the Nobel Prize
The internet was conceived of and developed by scientists working for ARPA (now DARPA). Their creation used to be called arpanet. These are the folks that design and build your atomic bombs. How ironic for the creators of the internet to receive a Nobel Peace Prize!!
heydude, you state "the world has become a sad place"
Man, you sure a lousy view of the world. Good luck with that ;)
I've never been happier!
I think it would suck to get nominated for the Peace Prize and get beat out by something that can't even receive it.
Chinese hackers revealed climategate, and prevented global United Nations totalitarian government – give a prize for exposing fraud and corruption
This makes sense. The internet is for pr0n. Pr0n keeps men "busy" and not fighting, which leads to PEACE.
Giving the award to President Obama was the last straw - as far as I'm concerned the Nobel Prize is ridiculous and irrelevant.
I say give me $40,000 that will be enough for me to pay for the last two years of my daughters education. Since she is destine for greatness it will be money well spent. And she will be the first person in Nobel history to receive the gift who goes on to be herself a Nobel recipient.
I say Jenny McCarthy–she's got the most hits
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ClimateGate Guru Gore invented the internet.
Chinese hackes placed the CRU emails on Russian servers.
And then Emperor Obama went to Copenhagen with no clothes.
The support for United Nations world government cooled.
Trojans, bogans, dragons, werewolfs, sasquatches,
Gargoyles, leprechauns, malware, virushes, clickjackers,
All hiding inside your internet connected computer.
And a Guardian Angel, exposing fraud, conspiracy, and propaganda.
"The internet was conceived of and developed by scientists working for ARPA (now DARPA). Their creation used to be called arpanet. These are the folks that design and build your atomic bombs. How ironic for the creators of the internet to receive a Nobel Peace Prize!!"
Well, the Nobel Peace prize was created by Alred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, the "Atomic Bomb" of its day, so your irony goes back even further than you think.
The "spin doctors" who gave the Peace prize to Obama screwed up. Now, they are trying to regain the public's confidence in the prize by nominating the Internet, which everyone loves.
Maybe the spin doctors should simply stop trying to manipulate public opinion.
the internet is the biggest invention of mankind. the culmination of every prior idea and invention. it goes beyond boundaries, beyond time, beyond locale and brings everyone really together. not in spirit, or in thoughts, but really brings them together in their daily lives.
World Wide Web was initiated by Tim Berners Lee, which can be accessed through Internet.
TCP/IP protocol of Internet was initiated by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, which does not work on "Circuit-Switching" analog telephony network, but works only on "Packet-Switching" digital telecom network, which is the basis of the Internet.
The packet-switching technology was invented by Dr. Paul Baran, though its name was initiated by Dr. D.W. Daves of the U.K.
See Section X-1, "Origin of Packet-switching Technology" in .
Give the award to former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska...
"the internet is a series of tubes!!!"
his bumbling has become the rallying cry for millions!!!
I'm SO tired of this Al Gore nonsense...
He NEVER claimed to have invented the Internet. He created the funding bill for the NSFNET in the mid-80s and named it an "information superhighway" in much the same way that his father – also a legislator from TN – was instrumental in funding the interstate highway system in the 1950s. The younger Gore thought that not only commerce would be conducted electronically, but education, science, and R&D, and linked 13 regional science and education networks across the country. Gore continued his work in the 90s as Vice President with the federal program, "Americans Communicating Electronically". The Clinton White House was the first administration to have a home page, designed and secured under Gore's direction.
If the NSFNET wasn't built, the Internet would have likely remained a government research project until it was replaced by another networking scheme or a private network grew to a global scale.
Tim Berners-Lee put a functional face on the Internet with his Web concept. One would have to have used the ARPANET to really appreciate the different network technologies that comprise the Internet.
Alas, just because people don't know what they are talking about, doesn't prevent them from posting nonsense.
The missing URL at the end of my last posting is;
I think Numa Numa, Chocolate Rain and the laughing baby should accept
I think, if the Interwobs wins, that a few people should get the award.
Rick Astley, Al Gore, a cat (with a caption!) and a couple nerdy guys. Any nerds will do.
Is this a joke?? I can't believe the Nobel Peace Prize committee even accepted such a ludicrous nomination! The prize needs to go to a deserving person who has demonstrated a proven track record of something worthy of nomination. This nomination is a complete farce and insults all previous nominees and winners (excluding one particular winner).
Yes the internet has revolutionized business, communications, etc etc etc. Isn't it a tool? The combustion engine has brought been a contributor to human advancement. And as I said before, so has fire and the wheel.
Anyway, if The Internet wins, it was probably the 1,000,000th visitor to the Nobel site. The prize can be payed out via PayPal, Visa, or Mastercard.
your forgetting the hammers that gave you those news clips. hinternet is alive and well, moreso as rtty and similar chat. I think these guys deserve some credit too.
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Let's see, stupid "Al Gore" comment asides, who invented the Internet?
That would be the US Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Organizations can and have won Nobel Prizes, so why couldn't DARPA?
Except, it would be really weird for the US Department of Defense to win the Peace Prize, wouldn't it?
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DARPA as the original and major sponsor of the creation of the Internet, and Tim Berners Lee as the inventor of the World Wide Web (the most popular application on the Internet).
Actually in the US I honestly believe that the Interstate Road system built by Eisenhower is the more important of the 3 things CNN has up to vote on. Worldwide yes the Internet is high up there on achievements of the last Century.
The Interstate Road system in the US actually opened this country up to a whole slew of progressive occurances. Food stuffs became cheaper, Travel became faster the list is long. Also on that list is the death of small waystations along the small highways and the drying up of small towns that were nowhere near the interstate. BUT that was the same thing that happend when the railroads finally connected from East to West.
The internet as an Information Highway has pretty much caused the collapse of the Newspapers, being able to write coherent letters to one another also suffered at the hands, datastreams, of the internet. With the internet came the idea that news was supposed to entertain instead of inform and in the quest for being entertainment actual News went the way of the Dodo.
In my estimation the giving of the Noble Prize to something like the internet makes no more sense than giving it to a coffee pot or a toaster.
Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Roberts and Vint Cerf they deserve it.
And Internet should be free for all
The Internet has created the biggest waste of time for our employees. As a result, no browsing is allowed.
Funny how "grandfather of internet" David Farber, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University is not nominated when fathers of internet are.
While I agree that the internet is the single biggest and most important innovation since nuclear power, it should not receive a nomination. Its a thing, not a person.
They're all bufoons! Doesn't ANYONE remember BBN & the arpanet? To claim that Berners-Lee is the inventor of the internet is an insult to all those brilliant engineers that really built it.
They're all buffoons! Doesn't ANYONE remember BBN & the arpanet? To claim that Berners-Lee is the inventor of the internet is an insult to all those brilliant engineers that really built it.
Make a website:
I think all of the call center tech support agents in the US should get it because we spawned the business and then the companies we worked for outsourced it to other countries bring prosperity to other lands. And lack of jobs to us. OOh and I like the idea of LOL cat accepting the award, or David Elsewhere... whichever.
Does anyone actually care about the Nobel Peace Prize any more? Since being awarded to Al Gore and Barack Obama, it has seriously lost all credibility from many perspectives and no longer is perceived as an unbiased award!
Oh! This is great! Thanks for countering a few
misconceptions I have read on this recently.
I can remember, circa 1990, when it hadn't yet even been named. People were calling it "the Information Superhighway." Even those who made it happen couldn't have imagined, in their wildest dreams, what it would become, in less than two decades.
But users don't merit the award, because they did NOT create the Web. They only made it come into general usage with incredible speed.
Those who first conceived of it expected it to be a sholastic tool, but in conceiving of it, they opened the door to others, who then expanded its usage potential to the rest of the world.
BOTH people, originators and expanders, should share the reward. And since both are groups of people, rather than one individual for each, they should ALL share that prize. One created the engine, while the other made it hum. To have the Internet of today required BOTH.
In a way, giving the award to an inanimate thing is ludicrous. But it is also unfair, since it denies credit to the very people who made the Internet HAPPEN. It is only through THEIR insights, innovation and hard work that we have this thing which has contributed in so many ways to a better world, in spite of its warts.
We shouldn't ignore the people who gave us the Internet. It didn't create itself. But the prize is definitely merited for them.
After Obama Nobel Peace Prize..
Internet nominated for Nobel Peace Prize..
The Nobel Peace Price is becoming a farce..
Giving the "Internet" (something that doesn't really exist) a nobel peace prize is silly, and a waste of time. I can't imagine what the point would be.
For exposing Climategate,
The Chinese hackers deserve the Nobel Prize.
I agree that the internet is the single biggest and most important innovation since nuclear power, it should not receive a nomination. Its a thing, not a person.
Because their job, as they see it, is to parrot right-wing propaganda as given truths. When they persist in perpetuating lies that were disproven a decade ago, It's very hard to come up with any other explanation.
Because their job, as they see it, is to parrot right-wing propaganda as given truths.
The internet realy deserves. NOT BECAUSE IT IS USED FOR BUSINESS, BUT BECAUSE IT CONNECTS PEOPLE!!!!
Then people discuss on peace issues.
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Clearly a reference to the ancient "talk to my cat" site, which was almost like an early twitter.
for a record of some of the talking to the cat. Not this new fangled lolcats stuff.
Moot should get it for sure.
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The vast majority of people here have NO IDEA of the history of the Internet. The Internet actually passed it's first message back in 1969, just after the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW), which is one service that runs on the Internet. E-mail is another service, as are such arcane but vital services like SNMP, DNS, FTP, etc. How important are these services? Without FTP, there would be no Netflix, as just one example.
Think of it this way-the Internet is a system of roads, and over the roads pass vehicles-cars, busses, trucks, etc. Each vehicle type represents a different service that all share the road, just like multiple services share the internet.
If the Nobel is going to be awarded to the inventors of the Internet, it should go to Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn, and Leonard Kleinrock, the three guys who did the most to shape the Internet as we know it. Cerf and Kahn invented TCP and IP, the fundamental protocols that carry virtually ALL internet traffic, while Kleinrock invented (essentially) Packet Switching, which is the method used to pass all Internet packets around.
Larry Roberts was the brainchild who came up with the idea of an internet, but since Nobel prizes are restricted to three recipients, and he did little of the actual work, the others take precedent in my view.
Without Cerf, Kahn, and Kleinrock, the Web, e-mail, etc. would simply not exist. I fully support the idea of giving the Nobel to those three gentlemen.
Let's just hope the people who award the prize this year are smarter than the ones who picked the 2009 award winner.
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I love it when people complain about how horrible the Internet is on the Internet.
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This is just a way to award something withtout actually giving recognition to anybody.
it's like giving an Academy award to "Hollywood", without actually recognizing the hard work that the actors and producers did.
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DIB Legacy (second post): DIB, you are so wrong.
The Internet is NOT composed of users, it is made up of the millions of routers, switches, computers, network access devices, and miles of wire that allow computers to send messages, chat, move files, etc.
And as to your statement that "I mean you definitely can't give it to a scientist ...", well, why not? Computer scientists are the people who created the internet, which passed it first messages back in 1969, just weeks after the Apollo 11 moon landing. Yes, it's that old.
Personally, I think giving a Nobel to Vint Cerf, Larry Roberts, Bob Kahn, and Leonard Kleinrock is long overdue. They certainly are more worthy than the 2009 recipient.
One big problem is that the Nobel prize rules prohibit more than three people from sharing a Nobel, thus one of the four people most responsible for creating the Internet would get left out, as has happened before (see Nobel Prizes for Penicillin and DNA).
Thus, DIB, before you voice an opinion again, you should become more educated on the subject. As can be seen above, not only don't you know what the Internet is, you know nothing of it's history.
BTW, Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, was only 14 when the Internet was created.
LisaNYC, Carnut, and others: You are confusing the Internet with the World Wide Web.
Let me describe the difference: The Internet is like a large road. It carries cars, vans, trucks, motorcycles, and many other types of vehicles.
The services that use the Internet, like HTTP, SMTP, FTP, etc. are the different types of vehicles that drive on the road.
The Web (HTTP) is just one type of vehicle that runs on the web. E-mail (SMTP) also runs on the web, as does FTP (File Transfer Protocol) that moves files, photos, etc. around on the Internet, and other such services as SNMP, TFTP, IMAP, DHCP, and many others that users never deal with directly, but are all required to make the Internet work.
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