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ISPA's Internet Hero & Villains Shortlist
By: MarkJ - 13 December, 2005 (12:35 PM)

The UK Internet Service Providers' Association has today announced nominees for the Internet Hero, Internet Villain and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Awards at the forthcoming 2006 ceremony:

The Internet Hero Award is sponsored by NTL Wholesale.

The nominees are:

* All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG)

For its recommendations to amend the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) to further protect individual websites and the infrastructure of the Internet against the threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks.

* Independent Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator

For helping to develop new Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) products and processes, and for mediating working-level implementation disputes.

* Ofcom

For not wrecking the 0845 regime used to access pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Internet services.

* Ofcom

For recognising its role in ensuring that Service Providers deliver on their quality of service promises to end-users.

* Roger Darlington

For his hard work as Chairman of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) from which he retires this year.

The Internet Villain Award is sponsored by Community Internet.

The nominees are:

* Commissioner Reding

For the revision of the TV without Frontiers Directive which threatens ISPs by extending the scope of broadcasting regulation to content delivered via the Internet, in a market which is not yet fully developed.

* The European Commission

The European Commission for its inability to get through one year without producing yet another piece of Intellectual Property Legislation.

* Russia

For failing to deal with illegal websites and online abuse hosted within its borders.

* Sony BMG

For compromising the security of its customers’ PCs with its copyright-protecting rootkit technology.

* The UK Presidency of the European Union

For seeking EU wide data retention laws which will force ISPs and telcos to retain more data for longer without proper impact assessment.

Does anybody else find it slightly unfair that Ofcom is listed twice for the hero award? As for the ‘villain’, well we’d have to go for Sony, although the UK’s EU presidency is a tough one to put aside =).

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