ISPA announce 2011 Internet Hero and Internet Villain award finalists
Thursday 26 May 2011 18:08:11 by
The Internet Heroes and Villain finalists of the Internet Service Provider
Association (ISPA) awards have been announced today with the winners to be
announced on the 7th of July at a central London award ceremony. The Internet
Hero award is used to recognise achievements made towards the Internet industry
whilst the Villain award should be taken light-hearted, and recognises those
who have hindered the industry.
This year ISPA were
accepting nominations from the public and they received various
suggestions. The winners will be chosen by the ISPA Council.
Internet Hero Finalists
- Rory Stewart MP – For his trailblazing efforts to bring broadband to his
rural constituency of Penrith and the Borders
- Twitter – For its role in helping people communicate during the Arab
- Judge Colin Birss QC – For his considered and damning judgement on the ACS
Law that it was "chaotic and lamentable"
- The Australian Internet Industry Association – For taking the lead and
launching a voluntary industry code on infected machines in Australia
- Prof. Ian Hargreaves – For authoring a review that makes recommendations on
how IP can be made fitter for the digital age
Internet Villain Finalists
- ACS Law/Andrew Crossley – For demanding payments from members of the public
on behalf of certain rights holders with poor evidence which brought the "legal
profession into disrepute", and for failing to secure the data of those
- New Zealand Government Commerce Minister Simon Power – For being the latest
country to put in to law a three strikes rule enabling the disconnection or
prosecution of the owner of an IP address alleged to have infringed copyright
- Commissioner Barnier – For the lack of transparency and cooperation with
industry and other commissioners on the IPR enforcement and IPR strategy as a
- Tayfun Acarer, the chairman of the Turkish Information and Communications
Technologies Authority – For looking to impose mandatory filtering on all ISP
connections in Turkey against "international norms"
Finalists for the other awards were announced earlier this month with six
companies each receiving 3 nominations in different categories.