WikiLeaks and creators of the internet nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Point of View | | March 2, 2011 at 16:38

Julian Assange‘s WikiLeaks is one of 241 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize according to Agence France Presse. The names of nominees are officially kept secret by the Nobel Institute, but  nominating parties are free to disclose if they choose.

Norwegian parliament member Snorre Valen nominated the whistleblower website WikiLeaks for its role in exposing “corruption, war crimes and torture.”

Also nominated are the three men credited with creating the internet: Americans Larry Roberts and Vint Cerf with Britain’s Tim Berners-Lee.  Their invention made Facebook and Twitter possible and helped ignite the revolution of pro-democracy movements throughout the Arab world.

The Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded in December 2011 could be all about communication and truth – powerful forces for peace once all the bad guys are exposed and thrown out. Powerful forces that are in play only because of the internet. Seems like the choice for the Nobel Peace Prize is obvious.

Julian Assange, internet hacker and founder of WikiLeaks, needs a special prize for standing up to world powers – a Nobel Chutzpah Prize?

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