Internet in running for Nobel Peace Prize

The internet is in running for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, along with thousands of other contestants

The Wired magazine's Italian edition has proposed the candidacy of the revolutionary worldwide network because it has helped develop "dialogue, debate and consensus" among different peoples from all parts of the globe.

The magazine's editor-in-chief, Riccardo Luna, said: "The internet can be considered the first weapon of mass construction, which we can deploy to destroy hate and conflict and to propagate peace and democracy."

Geir Lundestad, director of the Nobel institution, told the BBC that "thousands of nominations" had been received for the much-coveted prize.
The BBC also revealed that others in the reckoning for the Nobel are believed to be Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo. A record 237 entries are under consideration.