Never in the history of humankind have we been given the opportunity to foster greater peace, education, commerce and cultural understanding through use of the Internet and its related technologies. With over 25% of the world’s population now having access to the Internet, the Internet continues to enable a wide range of human rights, such as the right to freedom of expression and opinion and the right to association. In fact, on July 5, 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a landmark resolution declaring freedom of expression on the Internet to be a human right.
As democratic principles and peace proliferate at an unprecedented rate throughout our world, the time has come for the founders of the Internet to be recognized for the Internet’s direct influence on societies, governments and the one and a half billion people who have access to the Internet. The time has come for the founders of the Internet to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
It is generally accepted and acknowledged that Vint Cerf, widely known as a “Father of the Internet” and co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet; Robert E. Kahn, who started the Internetting research program and whose idea of open network interconnection architecture became the basis for the design; and Tim Berners-Lee, without whom the World Wide Web would not have happened, are recognized as founders of the Internet.
Therefore, it is felt that Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, and Tim Berners-Lee should be recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee as the progenitors of ARPANET, the Internet, and the World Wide Web.