Trump and Mozilla nominated as Internet Villains
Nominations for the Internet Hero and Internet Villain categories in the ISPA Awards are made by a public poll each year and ISPA has released the list of nominations for the 2019 event.
ISPA Internet Hero
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee – for spearheading the ‘Contract for the Web’ campaign to rebuild trust and protect the open and free nature of the Internet in the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web
- Andrew Ferguson OBE, Editor, thinkbroadband - for providing independent analysis and valuable data on the UK broadband market since the year 2000
- Oscar Tapp-Scotting & Paul Blaker, Global Internet Governance Team, DCMS – for leading the UK Government’s efforts to ensure a balanced and proportionate agenda at the International Telecommunications Union Conference
ISPA Internet Villain
- Mozilla – for their proposed approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK
- Article 13 Copyright Directive – for threatening freedom of expression online by requiring ‘content recognition technologies’ across platforms
- President Donald Trump – for causing a huge amount of uncertainty across the complex, global telecommunications supply chain in the course of trying to protect national security
The winners are chosen by the ISPA Council, with the awards in the other categories having already been decided by a judging panel some weeks ago. Winners will find out on the evening of 11th July at the gala event in London.