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ISPA Reveals Internet Hero & Villain Award Nominees

Posted: 15th Jan, 2008 By: MarkJ
The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today revealed its nominations for individuals or organisations that have helped or hindered the Internet Industry during 2007:

This year’s ‘Hero’ nominees, sponsored by UKFast, are:-

Facebook
“For respecting peoples’ browsing privacy by retracting the Beacon service, a system which automatically records user’s online spending habits, by making it an opt-in not opt-out service.”

Financial Services Authority (FSA)
“For keeping a keen eye on the promotional websites of financial services and warning that they are not fair or clear enough. A quarter of 77 sites reviewed "failed to present information in a fair, clear and not misleading way", the FSA said.”

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Competitiveness
“For leading the push to increase Internet access speeds, paving the way for services such as high-definition Internet TV.”

Peter Robbins OBE QPM, Chief Executive, IWF
“For his continued leadership of the IWF and approach to fostering extensive partnerships with the Internet industry, the government and law enforcement agencies to tackle illegal online content.”

Derek Wyatt MP
“For a decade of support promoting the Internet in the UK Parliament as chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group since 1997.”

This year’s Villain nominees are:-

BPI
“For its heavy handed approach against consumers rather than engaging in constructive dialogue with the Internet industry when dealing with filesharing.”

BT Wholesale
“For changing the whole engineering plan for 21CN only six months before the launch date."

David Cameron MP
“For buddying up with the music industry and trying to appeal to a younger audience.”

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
“For failing to take the protection of peoples’ personal data seriously and highlighting bad practice in protecting data by loosing computer disks containing confidential details of 25 million child benefit recipients.”

Nicolas Sarkozy, The French President
"For his proposed new tax on Internet access and mobile phone use to fund France's two public television channels, which would be free of advertising.”

Winners are due to presented with their awards at a gala dinner held at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on the 14th March 2008. Meanwhile the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Award nominees, an organisation created to combat child abuse images and criminal material online, can be viewed in the official press release:

http://www.ispaawards.org.uk/newsreleases/Awardsrelease150108.htm
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