ISPA announce Internet Hero and Villain Finalists
ISPA have announced the finalists for its Internet Villain and Internet Hero awards, the winners to be announced at it's annual award ceremony. The villain award is aimed at those that ISPA feel have had a negative impact on the Internet industry, where as the hero award, at those who've had a positive impact.
Internet Hero Finalists
- Featured Artists Coalition - "For recognising publicly that the focus of music companies should be the development of new business models for distributing content online rather than attempting to pass responsibility to ISPs to take action against users"
- Community Broadband Network - "For their relentless pursuit and support for next generation access at grass roots level"
- European Parliament - "For rejecting by a significant majority an amendment to the Telecom Package designed to allow disconnection of users' Internet connections for alleged copyright infringement without direct judicial oversight"
- Lord Carter - "For his attempt to bring a holistic view to government policy across the communications spectrum"
- Thomas Gensemer - "For showcasing the enormous power of the Internet in leading Barack Obama's online presidential campaign"
Internet Villain Finalists
- Baroness Vadera - "For excluding a number of ISPs and Rights Holders in agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding that was exclusive and ineffective in progressing relations between the two industries"
- European Parliament - "For supporting an amendment to the Telecom Package on cookies which could yet bring the Internet to a standstill"
- President Nicolas Sarkozy - "For his continued commitment to the HADOPI law, which advocates a system of graduated response, despite repeated arguments suggesting the law is disproportionate from a number of important groups including the European Parliament"
- Stephen Conroy and the Australian Government - "For continuing to promote network-level blocking despite significant national and international opposition"
Last year saw the Hero award go to Peter Robbins, Chief Executive of the IWF with the Villain award going to HM Revenue and Customs for failing to take the security of personal data seriously.