Google wins Prince of Asturias prize
Spanish prime minister sends telegram to congratulate the search engine for creating a world that has less borders than it had yesterday.12 June 2008
MADRID - The Prime Minister sent a telegram to the creators of internet search engine Google Wednesday to congratulate them for having won this year's Prince of Asturias prize for Communication and Humanities.
In the telegram, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said that thanks to their contribution, the world had "less borders today than it did yesterday."
The president of Google, Eric Schmidt, responded by announcing his gratitude for the accolade, and spoke of his passion for "helping everyone access the information they are looking for in whatever language they want."
The jury, which announced the win Wednesday, spoke of Google's "decisive contribution to the progress of peoples, breaking down ideological, economic, linguistic and racial borders."
Google is considered the best search engine on the internet, having revolutionised the World Wide Web. But it has also courted plenty of controversy, such as in 2004, when the company was criticised by the NGO Reporters Without Borders for complying with the Chinese government's insistence on content filtering in that country, something considered by many as censorship.
The Prince of Asturias Awards are given out annually in fields such as arts, literature and social sciences, and are presented at a ceremony in Oviedo by Felipe, the Prince of Asturias, in attendance.
[El Pais / S. Hunter / Expatica]