The watchers and their watchers dominate ISPA Hero and Villain shortlists
The final part of the 2015 ISPA Awards has been published and that is the shortlist for the Internet Hero and Internet Villain categories, with the ISPA Council themselves voting on who deserves to win in these categories after entrants were nominated by the public and industry.
The 2015 Internet Hero shortlist
- David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation for a hugely important report into investigatory powers that makes a strong and reasoned case for a new set of rules to govern surveillance powers.
- Sir Anthony May, Interception of Communications Commissioner for his continued work on holding the Government to account.
- Privacy International, GreenNet and Plaintiffs for their legal challenges that revealed some of the extent of GCHQ surveillance and led to changes in the law.
The 2015 Internet Villain shortlist
- Internet.org for compromising net neutrality and the open Internet.
- Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary for forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society.
- Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind ex-MP, Former Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, for placing unwarranted blame on the Internet and technology industry.
- Lords West of Spithead and King of Bridgwater for repeated attempts to reintroduce the Communications Data Bill before a new round of consultation with industry as the Joint Parliamentary Committee called for.
The nominations in both categories center around the cloaked world of surveillance and Internet freedom, reflecting the growing concerns over the amount of control Governments are trying to exert over Internet access and content.
There is one final surprise award as 2015 is the 20th anniversary for the awards and one individual or association will receive a special reward for making the biggest overall impact on the UK Internet industry.