ISPA announce 2011 Internet Hero and Internet Villain award finalists
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 spring
- 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 accused
- 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 three times
- Commissioner Barnier – For the lack of transparency and cooperation with industry and other commissioners on the IPR enforcement and IPR strategy as a whole
- 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.