'Internet' nominated for 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

There is an unlikely candidate on this year's short list of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize contenders: the Internet.

According to the BBC, the Internet is reportedly one of 237 individuals and organizations  -- and, apparently, communication systems -- vying for the Norwegian Nobel Committee's world-renowed award, which it will announce in October.

Perhaps the nomination is not entirely unfounded: The Internet has been at the center of a handful of democratic movements, from human rights struggles in China to the anti-government protests in Iran. The Web has also helped millions organize to donate as much to earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile.

However, it not entirely clear who would accept that award, much less who would receive the estimated $1.4 million prize that typically accompanies it.