On the cover of Wired n.10 (December 2009) there’s a quotation from Shirin Ebadi: “io nomino Internet patrimonio dell’umanità” (I designate Internet heritage of humanity). It’s the sentence which opens an issue of Wired Italia, entirely written around their proposal of the Web as a candidate to the Nobel Prize for Peace 2010.
The official presentation took place in Milan, November the 20th, within the “Science For Peace Live” events; Riccardo Luna outlined the project, supported by David Rowan and Chris Anderson, in live streaming; beyond the Editors (from Wired Italia, Wired Uk, and Wired US respectively), Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi, Professor Umberto Veronesi and the stylist Giorgio Armani are Ambassadors for the initiative.
On the official website we can read the manifesto:
“We have finally realized that the Internet is much more than a network of computers. It is an endless web of people.
Men and women from every corner of the globe are connecting to one another, thanks to the biggest social interface ever known to humanity.
Digital culture has laid the foundations for a new kind of society. And this society is advancing dialogue, debate and consensus through communication.
Because democracy has always flourished where there is openness, acceptance, discussion and participation. And contact with others has always been the most effective antidote against hatred and conflict.
That’s why the Internet is a tool for peace.
That’s why anyone who uses it can sow the seeds of non-violence.
And that’s why the next Nobel Peace Prize should go to the Net.
A Nobel for each and every one of us.”