Wired Italy’s efforts have paid off: the Internet has been shortlisted as a candidate for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize (along with dissidents and human rights activists from Russia and China). Here are five reasons why the Nobel committee should not give the award to this quirky candidate:
- Reason 1: It doesn’t deserve it.
- Reason 2: It could kill Internet activism in authoritarian states.
- Reason 3: It would undermine the reputation of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Reason 4: It would stifle a very important and still unfolding debate about the Internet’s broader impact on society.
- Reason 5: It would convince world leaders that politics is secondary to technology.