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ISPA Starts Hunt for UK Internet Hero and Villain in 2022 Awards

Tuesday, Sep 6th, 2022 (11:18 am) - Score 864

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today begun inviting feedback to help them choose the shortlist for this year’s “Internet Hero” and “Internet Villain” category as part of their 2022 internet industry awards event, which is due to take place on the 24th November 2022 at the Landmark Hotel in London.

Last year’s event saw Helen Milner (OBE) of the Good Things Foundation being named as the ISPA’s “Internet Hero” for the group’s efforts to tackle digital inclusion. Meanwhile, the “Internet Villain” category is returning this year after a long absence, which seemed to start after the ISPA suffered a backlash following their decision to nominate Mozilla for the 2019 award – this related to the browser firms DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) push (here).

As usual, the ISPA are now seeking nominations from members of the public by 28th October 2022. Readers can submit their nominations for either the Internet Hero or Villain categories – please submit the name of the individual / organisation to awards@ispa.org.uk, or on social media using the hashtag #internethero or #internetvillain .

New ISPA Chair, Steve Leighton, said:

“The annual ISPA awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all things internet over the past 12 months. As part of this, the Internet Hero & Villain awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate those who have contributed to our sector in the past year, whilst also reflecting on some of the serious issues we have faced. We look forward to the sector and the public nominations.”

No doubt people will have their own ideas about who or what to nominate for both categories, although the Government’s new Online Safety Bill (OSB) and Telecoms Security Laws could potentially fit into both – depending upon your perspective.

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By Mark Jackson
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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo MrTruth says:

    Time we all raised our voices for Mark Jackson to be on the list.

    1. Avatar photo Matt says:

      Pretty sure he’d have to have the “rival” award 😛

      (I’m still loving the winging about the use of the word, though its died off more recently)

  2. Avatar photo Chris Jones says:

    We are probably two years late, according to the article.

  3. Avatar photo John says:

    The online “safety” bill is nothing but World Economic Forum levels of censorship.

    There is no sane person who would approve arresting someone for saying only a woman can have a cervix. Some people think this is an exaggeration but the fact is that it falls under the bucket of “legal but harmful” as it harms the feelings of those who pretend to be a woman. Anything deemed as “harmful” can be cracked down, this even includes pointing out to truthful facts such as Ivermectin being an effective drug vs covid (that is finally accepted by big tech).

    It is not only a villain of the internet but a threat to free speech and human rights.

    1. Avatar photo An Engineer says:

      Ivermectin failed the most recent meta analysis and please keep this nonsense out of ISP Review. This is not a political forum and this story is very, very casually political.

      Kindly stay in your bubble: comments like this serve only to make me, I can’t speak for others, think you need counselling or medication. You went full lunatic then made a reasonable point then went back to full lunatic. This nonsense genuinely undermines the legitimate objections to that awful bill.

    2. Avatar photo John says:

      @engineer completely not true. It is a medicine that has won a Nobel prize and has been used since the start by the Japanese govt and recommended by several doctors. Of course your guardian won’t report on this and you will believe it. I would post multiple peer reviewed sources but then I can’t post, and you wouldn’t read it anyway to avoid hurting your ego

      If you can’t see that it was just an example as to what is censored and motive for arrest under the bill then I suggest you stay under your safe space bubble of ignorance. Regardless of how wrong you are, you should not be arrested for “non govt approved” speech, much less when it’s the truth

  4. Avatar photo RaptorX says:

    The hero should be AAISP for excellent customer service and overall performance.

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