Global Cooperation


RE: The Internet Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

So – do you think the Internet should be given the Nobel Peace Prize? Funny if the U.S. Department of Defense – that funded the technology enabling the Internet in the 1960s, would win the prize for peace! OK, so much has happened since that work of the U.S. military’s Department of Advanced Research Projects, that resulted in the ARPANET – the first system to connect computers at distance in 1969.  So maybe they don’t get to walk on stage to collect the prize.

Nobel Peace Prize

But back to the substance of the question – what has the Internet done to enable “... fraternity between nations .. the abolition or reduction of standing armies and  .. the promotion of peace congresses.”? Well, plenty – if you look around. The Internet has weakened the control of various authoritarian regimes, by enabling the forces of popular democracy to organize and build support. Online campaigns have enabled major change of all kinds. And we could say that violence has many causes, with ignorance, disunity, and poverty being very common, and that clearly, the Internet can have a positive effect on all three. Of course the Internet can also be a tool to plan violence – as Al Queda has demonstrated. Perhaps the full potential of the Internet in the realm of peace has yet to be seen.

In his book Not-Two Is Peace Adi Da says “The Internet is an indispensable and, altogether, key and central tool–unique and new to global humankind–for organizing, implementing, and surely (in every practical sense) happening the global cooperative order of the totality of humankind. Therefore, the Internet should immediately be made thus to serve.” He goes on to say that “The necessary and immediate tool for the collective organizing of the total human population in Earth is the Internet!” Adi Da’s basic point here is that the only way things are going to change for the better (which they must – and soon, to avoid catastrophe) is the force of EVERYONE standing up for the collective interests of the planet. And the only vehicle for such a movement to arise, and manage the necessary change, is the Internet.

They gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama last year because he provided leadership and hope that great things – towards peace, could be achieved. Maybe the same kind of thinking points to the Internet as a worthy recipient for the next one.

For more on Adi Da’s instructions on Peace please see The Global Cooperation Project website.

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well – I have to say its a bit of an odd analogy seeing as the internet is a tool – but maybe think about some kind of recognition for some exceptional people associated with it – those using it to great benefit of mankind and the planet, who recognize the utility and power of the internet, and are using it specifically to leverage great communications, cooperation and so forth.

It interesting that the new “social” technologies like Twitter are not merely being developed for fun and profit – the founders clearly have a sense of social responsibility – for example – the way they provided for its use during the terrible Haiti disaster.

So if there was something like a Nobel prize (perhaps not so pretentious) for use of the Internet (and development of extraordinary tools of use of it) that recognizes great achievement in the field of global peace, environmental sustainability & renewal and so forth … Then there would be a context, a purpose, and motivation for people to focus no using the internet wisely and for the selfless benefit of all …

Comment by Ian Goldsmid

Good read! Some useful info you have there! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Tech Volcano




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