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Internet Heroes (hooray) and Internet Villains (boo hiss) #deappg

In an unprecedented move the Internet Services Providers’ Association has opened the nomination process for Internet Hero and Villain to you, the general public.

The Hero and Villain are fun categories in the forthcoming ISPA Awards (London, 7th July) and last year were won by Tom Watson MP and Lord Mandelson for their respective roles during the passing of the Digital Economy Act. Last years’ was a pretty straightforward vote.

This year I think it is going to be different. I’m not so sure that there are potential candidates with the same outstanding qualities.  I could be wrong and would be glad to hear from blog readers who they think might put up as heroes and villains.

I can think of a judge or two that would fit into either camp and at least one MP. ACSLaw, who were an unsuccessful candidate last year could also easily fit in as a villain this year (though they are so last year!).  I’m looking for ideas. You can provide suggestions directly to ISPA via Twitter to @ISPAUK #ISPAs or email them at [email protected] or you can leave a comment on the blog.

The ISPA council will be voting on a shortlist of candidates for both awards before the night.

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

2 replies on “Internet Heroes (hooray) and Internet Villains (boo hiss) #deappg”

Internet hero? it has to be Rory Stewart MP. he even does his own tweets, short videos and instagrams. @rorystewartUK at least he’s a trier, and we all love a trier.
Internet villan? It has to be lancashire county council, snaffling our rural broadband RDPE money from the city council and putting it in a pot to hand over to BT for cabinets.

Hero: The Open Rights Group. Always fighting for digital rights.
Villain: Ed Vaizey. I recently received a response from him re: web-blocking. Apparently, we “might find it useful if such sites were less readily available.” *sigh*

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