A peace of online genius
By Will Jackson
IT'S the website that has the whole world talking about peace and it was built right here on the Northern Rivers.
The site, Vision of Humanity, and its Global Peace Index have been covered in every major newspaper across the globe from the Wall Street Journal to the China Daily, the Tehran Times to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Global Peace Index studied 121 countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe and was the first attempt to rank countries around the world according to their peacefulness.
Norway topped the rankings, with New Zealand coming in second place. Australia was numbered 25 and the United States 49. War-torn Iraq came last at 121.
The site was the brainchild of Australian IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Killelea, who asked Lismore web developer Dillon Brice to get involved because of his nationwide reputation for developing high quality, user-friendly websites.
Dillon, the founder of web development company Wolf Tracks, said the 200-page site took a team of seven people two months to build.
"It's the biggest project we've ever done," he said. Dillon said he was astounded by how many people worldwide had taken an interest.
He gave up trying to read all the coverage the day of the site's launch after about four hours.
"There were about 40 stories when I went to bed and about 1000 when I woke up the next day," he said.
In just a few days the site received more than a million hits and a Google search yesterday brought up more than nine million web references to the index.