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Google supports the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
10 years ago3,473 views

<<The Internet has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. We believe that the Internet is a powerful tool that promotes freedom of expression, while fostering the global spread of democracy... >>

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DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I think Richard Stallman should get a peace prize

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

<<Stallman recommends not owning a mobile phone, as he believes the tracking of cell phones creates harmful privacy issues. Also, Stallman avoids use of a key card to enter the building where his office is. Such a system would track doors entered and times. For personal reasons, he does not actively browse the web from his computer; rather, he uses wget and reads the fetched pages from his e-mail mailbox.

In a lecture in Manchester, England on May 1, 2008, Stallman advocated paper voting over machine voting, insisting that there was a much better chance of being able to do a "recount" dutifully if there was a paper copy of the ballots.>>

He seems a small bit on the paranoid side... ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Al Gore agrees with the second part of the previous text.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]James: there's not really any doubt that paper voting is cheaper and more reliable.

Automation is great for things you do over and over again, but automation doesn't pay off for something you do once every three or five years. Unless, of course, you are a maker of voting machines.

As for Richard Stallman, sure he's eccentric but what's the problem with that?

[put at-character here]DPic, no matter how worthy RMS is of receiving an award, I'm struggling to see how the award should be for Peace.

Anyway, RMS has received plenty of awards already, including these:

- 100 million yen (over $800,000) from the "Takeda Award for Techno-Entrepreneurial Achievement for Social/Economic Well-Being" (Linus Torvalds was awarded this too)

- A $240,000 "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

- $10,000 from the Yuri Rubinsky Memorial Award to reward "care and feeding of the global information infrastructure". Ironically, this prize was funded jointly by Sun Microsystems and Microsoft!

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