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Donald Trump, Mossack Fonseca among nominees for 2016's Internet Villain

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Donald Trump, Mossack Fonseca and internet trolls are among those shortlisted for ISPA’s Internet Villain award.

Three MPs – Jo Cherry, Keir Starmer and Nicola Blackwood – and Apple are on the shortlist for Internet Hero.

ISPA, the Internet Services Providers Association, recognises those who have done the most to help or hinder the internet industry each year as part of its annual awards.

MPs David Davis and Tom Watson were joint winners of the Internet Hero award last year after their legal challenge against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.

Home secretary Theresa May had the dubious honour of being named Internet Villain.

Mr Trump finds himself on this year’s shortlist after calling on industry to “close down parts of the internet” while Mossack Fonseca earns a nomination for demonstrating poor cyber security practices.

The FBI gets a nomination for “attempting to undermine security by compelling technology companies to bypass existing security features” and TCYK LLP makes the list for its “heavy handed” speculative invoicing campaign against alleged copyright infringers.

‘The Internet Troll’ is also shortlisted for the Villain award for “overstepping the bounds of free speech, threatening the principle of an internet for all”.

The Internet Hero shortlist for 2016 recognises Jo Cherry QC MP and Keir Starmer QC MP for their continued scrutiny of the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Nicola Blackwood MP also makes the list for her committee’s report into the same Bill.

'The importance of privacy'

Apple is nominated for “defending the fundamental principles of encryption and customer privacy” while ThinkBroadband editor Andrew Ferguson gets a nomination for informing consumers of their broadband options.

The Web Foundation rounds off the list and is recognised for helping to connect some of the most remote global communities.

ISPA secretary general Nicholas Lansman said: “These nominations, many from the public, reflect the importance of privacy, cyber security and great broadband and the work many MPs have done scrutinising the Investigatory Powers Bill.

“These awards are light-hearted in nature, but do contain a serious point, and I look forward to finding out who won in July.”

The ISPA Awards take place on 7 July at The Brewery in the City of London. There are 60 organisations nominated across the 17 awards.

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