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ISPA UK Unveils Internet Hero and Villain Shortlist for 2017 Awards

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 (2:51 pm) - Score 769
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The Internet Service Providers Association UK (ISPA) has today published a short-list of people and companies that could win this year’s annual Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards, which will be held at Café de Paris in London’s West End on 13th July 2017.

At this point I must admit to a certain degree of shock because my own name has been added among the nominations for Internet Hero, although I strongly feel as if Marcus Hutchins (he found the killswitch for the WannaCry malware) and all of the others short-listed are far more deserving. Generally I don’t get time for such events so hopefully I’m not the winner 🙂 .

Meanwhile in the lair of Internet Villains we find the likes of President Erdogan (Turkey), who has been busy cracking down on online freedom of expression, and the Valuation Office Agency (+HM Treasury) for “adding to the cost of broadband rollout with its excessive business rates revaluation.”

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General, said:

“The Internet Hero and Villain awards are a fun and light-hearted way of recognising the great and good (and the not so good) in the Internet Industry. With Brexit looming, the UK’s thriving digital economy has never been more important, which is why we at ISPA are so pleased to recognise those who enable and drive the UK’s digital economy.

The rather less coveted “Internet Villain” award is also a valuable opportunity to look at those who hinder this vital industry. We at ISPA look forward to finding out who will win on the evening of July 13th.”

The 2017 Hero Shortlist

* Marcus Hutchins, @MalwareTechBlog – for finding the WannaCry killswitch, shining a light on the tech community’s fight against cyber crime

* Mark Jackson, the editor of ISP Review – for providing a helpful, user-friendly guide to the ISP market for the last 18 years for consumers and industry alike

* National Cyber Security Centre – for stepping up Government’s cyber security capabilities

* Global Network Initiative & Access Now – for an international campaign highlighting the huge economic cost and social impact of internet shutdowns around the world

The 2017 Villain Shortlist

* WannaCry hackers – for the ransomware attack that hit a fifth of NHS trusts

* Treasury and the Valuation Office Agency – for adding to the cost of broadband rollout with its excessive business rates revaluation

* Russia’s communications regulator – for threatening to ban encrypted messaging apps

* President Erdogan – for cracking down on online freedom of expression, including blocking Wikipedia and social media

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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar George M

    Villain list is missing Theresa May for threatening to break all encryption on the Internet (at least the Russians only went after messaging services)

  2. Avatar Bov2002

    Mark Jackson!? Why leave out his chimp, Bubbles?

  3. Avatar TTT

    I’d vote for you Mark, I’ve learnt a lot from reading your page, have an excellent internet connection, and have even gained some useful insight into business providers from your page.

  4. Avatar Richard K

    I agree with George M for nominating Theresa May. Its just a ploy by her so that she can keep a tight rein on who is saying what about her.

  5. Avatar Oleg

    Have you purchased your several hundred quid ticket and signed your future journalistic soul away for your award yet Mark? 😀

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