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ISPA Awards 2010: Internet Hero & Villain Finalists

The Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK) has announced the finalists for its Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards which form part of the annual ISPA Awards. These awards recognise both the significant contribution of those individuals or organisations to the Internet industry, as well as those who have had a negative impact.

"The announcement of the Internet Hero and Internet Villain are always eagerly anticipated, and are the highlights of the ISPA award ceremony. The Internet, now a major accelerator of the UK economy, has become increasingly a matter of public debate. It is therefore more important than ever to recognise those who have really made a positive impact on this sector. As for the Internet Villain, this is a good opportunity to highlight, in a light-hearted manner, those who have not assisted the development of this important industry and could do better."

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8th July 2010 alongside the ISP winners. A full lists of ISP finalists can be found here.

Internet Hero Finalists

  • Bridget Fox - For organising a grass roots challenge to the Digital Economy Bill
  • - for showing the value of datasets and how the public can utilise government information
  • Tom Watson MP, and all those who showed up to vote against the DE Bill, for their informed opposition to the Bill
  • Zip It, Block It, Flag It campaign - for focusing on internet safety for parents and young children
  • 38 Degrees Campaign - for mobilising public opposition to the Digital Economy Bill

Internet Villain Finalists

  • ACS Law - for their aggressive, heavy-handed approach to targeting alleged copyright infringement via P2P networks
  • The European Commission and the Council of Ministers - for conducting ACTA negotiations in a secretive manner and for failing to engage with stakeholders on an issue that is of vital importance for Europe's digital economy
  • Lord Clement-Jones - for introducing amendment 120a to the Digital Economy Bill without sufficient research or understanding of the consequences
  • Lord Mandelson - for ignoring principles of better regulation to amend an open consultation following lobbying from an interest group
  • UK Parliament - for allowing the Digital Economy Bill to pass through the Commons without proper debate


Gotta be Tom Watson and the Mps who get IT for heroes and Darth Mandy wins the villain category for the abortion that is the digital economy act. Although it is hard to choose between the villans I think the dark lord is the worst.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 10 years ago

I'd agreed with cyberdoyle on that. But ACS:LAW comes close.

  • mobilebb
  • over 10 years ago

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