Once again surveillance and privacy are the dominant themes in this year’s awards. Jo Cherry and Keir Starmer MPs have been nominated for their sterling efforts to improve the Investigatory Powers Bill, as has their parliamentary colleague and chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Nicola Blackwood MP. The fundamental principle of encryption and customer privacy has been featured, with Apple nominated as a hero for its role in defending privacy, whilst the FBI are recognised as villains for undermining encryption.
The shortlist also goes beyond surveillance, recognising the Web Foundation for helping connect some of the most remote global communities, and to ThinkBroadband Editor, Andrew Ferguson, for years of tirelessly informing consumers about their broadband options.
Announcing the shortlists, ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said “The Internet Hero and Villain awards go to those who have helped or hindered the Internet industry. These nominations, many from the public, reflect the importance of privacy, cyber security and great broadband and the work many MPs have done scrutinising the Investigatory Powers Bill. These awards are light-hearted in nature, but do contain a serious point, and I look forward to finding out who won in July.”
The ISPA Awards take place on 7th July 2016 at The Brewery in the City of London. There are sixty organisations nominated across the seventeen awards and the full shortlist can be seen here.
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The 2016 Internet Hero shortlist
• Nicola Blackwood MP – For her Committee’s report into the Investigatory Powers Bill, which contained sensible recommendations around encryption, equipment interference and a commitment to full cost recovery, to limit the Bill’s impact on the tech sector
• Jo Cherry QC MP & Sir Keir Starmer QC MP – For their continued scrutiny of the Investigatory Powers Bill as the legislation passes through Parliament at a fast pace
• Apple – For defending the fundamental principles of encryption and customer privacy
• Andrew Ferguson, Editor, ThinkBroadband – for editing an invaluable resource that explains and maps out broadband to inform consumers
• Web Foundation – For working to extend the basic right of connectivity to the 60% of the global population unable to connect to the internet and enjoy the myriad benefits of internet access
The 2016 Internet Villain shortlist
• Donald Trump – For calling on industry to ‘close’ parts of the Internet
• Mossack Fonseca – For demonstrating poor cyber security practices
• The FBI – For attempting to undermine security by compelling technology companies to bypass existing security features
• ‘The Internet Troll’ – For overstepping the bounds of free speech, threatening the principle of an Internet for all
• TCYK LLP – For its heavy-handed ‘speculative invoicing’ campaign aimed at alleged copyright infringers
About the ISPA Awards
The 2016 ISPA Awards are the 18th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards and there are sixty companies nominated across seventeen categories. Vodafone are leading the way with 6 nominations and Catalyst2, Exa Networks, Hyperoptic and Storm Internet have 4. The full list of nominations can be found here.
Source: The Internet Services Providers’ Association
Donald Trump: To stop ISIS recruiting, maybe we should be talking to Bill Gates about ‘closing that Internet up in some way’ – December 8, 2015
Hillary Clinton: We need to put Silicon Valley tech firms to ‘work at disrupting ISIS’ – December 7, 2015
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]