ISPA Announces Internet Hero, Villain and IWF 2007 Award Nominees
The Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK) hosts an annual awards ceremony commonly known as 'The ISPAs'. Awards are divided into an ISP division which is judged by an independent panel of judges and a Special Awards section with three awards to identify individuals or organisations which have had a significant impact on the UK Internet. This section also includes an Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Award which is given to an individual or organisation which has fought against child abuse images online. The nominations for the Special Awards categories are:
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Award:
- Annie Mullins , Vodafone's Global Head of Content Standards
"For protecting users, with particular emphasis on young users when accessing new content services through mobile telephones and her continuing work in child protection and welfare issues."
"For developing and implementing the world's first Internet system to block URLs of websites that were publishing potentially illegal child abuse content."
- Home Secretary's Task Force for Child Protection on the Internet
"For providing a hugely successful multi-agency forum to enable a vast array of experts to contribute towards policies and good practice documents to make the internet a safer place for children."
- John Carr, NCH Internet Consultant
"For his work on the "digital divide", seeking to ensure all children and young people can benefit from the wonderful opportunities presented by new technologies."
- Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General, ISPA UK
"For his involvement in the process that established the Internet Watch Foundation in 1996 and his longstanding support of the notice and take-down service provided by the IWF; as well as his steering of the Internet Crime Forum (ICF) and active participation in the Home Office Child Protection Task Force."
- Annie Mullins, Vodafone
"For her work with the Home Office Task Force on Protection of Children on the Internet and the European Union's Safer Internet Programme."
"For arguing that Europe's Television without Frontiers Directive should not be applied to the Internet, as it would stifle creativity and investment in Internet video as well as requiring Government regulation for little benefit."
- Simon Watkins and the Home Office team
"For standing up to the European Union and recognising the need to reimburse ISPs for the additional costs that are incurred in meeting data retention requirements, helping to maintain effective industry liaison and recognising the need for Government to work with industry and not against it."
- Stephen Carter, Former Ofcom Chief Executive
"For over seeing the Strategic Review of Telecommunications and building a good working relationship between the Internet industry and Ofcom since his appointment in 2003."
- The EU
"For considering legal action against protectionist barriers planned by France, Italy, and Austria that would potentially ban foreign online gaming and investigating nine other EU member states."
- Commissioner Vivianne Reding and European Commission
"For foisting the most arcane set of rules yet seen for prior registration of .eu domains, requiring UK registered companies to submit legal affidavits to justify the authenticity of their business."
- e360 insight
"For attempting to use a court in Illinois with no UK jurisdiction to obtain a Restraining Order on Spamhaus, a company that provides dependable real-time anti-spam protection for Internet networks."
- Peter Black, Executive Chairman Next Generation Networks UK
"For making the Next Generation Networks UK body, an independent body looking at next generation networks and services, too elitist and not allowing smaller ISPs to be involved."
- The British Phonographic Industry
"For applying pressure on Cable & Wireless and Tiscali to reveal the names and addresses of customers who the BPI believed to be file sharing, with poorly prepared evidence."
- The US Government
"For imposing prohibition like restrictive legislation against legitimate European gaming sites."
The award ceremony will take place on 15 February 2007 at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.