While the various companies and organisations in the various other categories for the 2013 ISPA Awards are just waiting to find out whether they have won or not after previously been shortlisted, there are two categories we have been waiting to find out who is on the shortlist.
Shortlist for Internet Hero
- Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP for openly stating there wouldn’t be a Communications Data Bill under his watch
- Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert, one of the few MPs that fully understands the internet
- Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on the US government’s PRISM surveillance programme
- Spamhaus, nominated for fighting off a significant global DDoS attack in the spring
Shortlist for Internet Villain
- Home Secretary Rt Hon Theresa May MP, for pushing on with the Communications Data Bill
- American PRISM programme, for the sheer size and scale of the alleged surveillance of internet users
- Bluecoat, for selling Deep Packet Inspection and other surveillance equipment to unfavourable regimes
- Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan for calling social media a ‘menace to society’ during recent social unrestShortlist for two award categories
The decision for who will win these two awards lies with the ISPA Council, whereas the other awards that will be handed out at the star studded awards ceremony on 11th July were shortlisted via technical testing for the technical categories, with the final decision made by a panel of judges.