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Internet Gets Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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A huge number of people disapproved of the decision to award Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize but one of the nominees this year will likely cause even more debate.

The BBC reports that the Internet is said to be among the 237 individuals and organizations nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided the shortlist of nominees on March 9, however the list is never publicly announced. That said, nominators are free to divulge who they put forward, and according to the BBC, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the OLPC foundation, which developed the $100 laptop, support the nomination for the Internet.

The Internet was submitted for helping advance "dialogue, debate and consensus." We'll find out on October 9 if the Nobel Peace Prize (and it's $1.4 million reward) will be awarded to the Internet.

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    JMcEntegart , March 11, 2010 5:28 PM
    BolbiIf "the Internet" wins, who gets the award and the money? The World Wide Web Consortium?


    Al Gore!
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    Bolbi , March 11, 2010 5:27 PM
    If "the Internet" wins, who gets the award and the money? The World Wide Web Consortium?
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    djackson_dba , March 11, 2010 5:31 PM
    Does not seem to promote much peace on this site!
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    steddy , March 11, 2010 5:20 PM
    Perhaps the prise money will be awarded to a broken link. That would solve the problem of how the internet would use it.
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    steddy , March 11, 2010 5:22 PM
    On second thought, ignore that comment... That didn't make a whole lot of sense.
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    Bolbi , March 11, 2010 5:27 PM
    If "the Internet" wins, who gets the award and the money? The World Wide Web Consortium?
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    JMcEntegart , March 11, 2010 5:28 PM
    BolbiIf "the Internet" wins, who gets the award and the money? The World Wide Web Consortium?


    Al Gore!
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    djackson_dba , March 11, 2010 5:31 PM
    Does not seem to promote much peace on this site!
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    fball922 , March 11, 2010 5:32 PM
    I bet Al would then donate it to the study of Man-Bear-Pig...
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    1raflo , March 11, 2010 5:37 PM
    I think this nobel comittee guys haven't ever played COD MW2 or Halo 3 online...or maybe racial slurs and profanity is the new "peace"?
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    Ciuy , March 11, 2010 5:38 PM
    nice, internet is GOOOOOOOOOOOD for the brain .
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    dman3k , March 11, 2010 5:41 PM
    JMcEntegartAl Gore!
    The Bush campaign myth/lie about Gore supposedly saying he invented the internet has stuck, huh?
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    kalogagatya , March 11, 2010 5:42 PM
    hm. the internet is nothing without us the users that give it context... i think this is a pretty senseless nomination :\
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    Parsian , March 11, 2010 5:43 PM
    Hey Internet helps a lot of democracy movement around the world so it certainly deserves one... One day, it becomes conscious.
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    bison88 , March 11, 2010 5:46 PM
    As long as they don't give it to Al Gore I am 100% for the "Internet" winning. For the last time he did NOT invent the internet lol
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    frozenlead , March 11, 2010 5:47 PM
    This is starting to pan out just like I, Robot...now we're giving machines awards. I'm glad Will Smith is still alive.

    The Internet - the unknowing distributor of porn, games, illegally copied movies, music, and games, research, news, opinions, and last spring break's photos could get a Peace Prize. Who knew?
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    jhansonxi , March 11, 2010 5:48 PM
    Al Gore did a lot to promote Internet technology especially with the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991.

    Al doesn't need the money as he already won the award in 2007.
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    Anonymous , March 11, 2010 5:48 PM
    So, when does cars or airplanes win nobels? Or maybe the next time it's for pen and paper. This is just crazy.
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    jonpaul37 , March 11, 2010 5:48 PM
    guess i'll name my first born "The Internet"
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    djackson_dba , March 11, 2010 5:49 PM
    dman3kThe Bush campaign myth/lie about Gore supposedly saying he invented the internet has stuck, huh?


    While it is commonly disputed that Gore ever said this, the actual quote "During my service in the United Stated Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." was stated by Al Gore. I'm sure it was just a poorly phrased response, but it stuck. Bush had nothing to do with this one. I was actually watching that interview and that statement had the whole room howling with laughter.
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    neilnh , March 11, 2010 5:52 PM
    War is usually provoked by the overambitious.
    The internet makes us all lazier.
    Therefore, internet breeds peace.
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    deadlockedworld , March 11, 2010 5:52 PM
    Maybe the Nobel account lost money in the stock market? They need to save a million be awarding to a nonexistent entity.
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    deadlockedworld , March 11, 2010 5:53 PM
    Also, Al Gore DID help secure the funding for research leading to the internet.
    Id brag about it too if I did that.
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