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Nominations wanted for 2016's internet hero and villain

Friday, May 20th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

The Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) is asking for the public’s nominations for this year’s 'Internet Hero' and 'Villain'.

As part of its annual awards ISPA, which represents the UK's internet industry, names a hero and villain who have done the most to help or hinder the industry.

Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May (pictured) was named villain of the year for ‘forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society'.

Fellow MPs David Davis and Tom Watson were jointly named ‘internet hero’ for their legal challenge against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA).

Ahead of its 2016 awards, which celebrate innovation and best practice in the internet industry, ISPA has called on the public to share their views on who should take the titles.

It said the surveillance debate has dominated the shortlists in the last few years, and previous nominees have included Edward Snowden, The Guardian and Julian Huppert MP.

ISPA secretary general Nicholas Lansman said: “The Internet Hero and Villain awards are how we recognise, in a light-hearted manner, those who have, for better or worse, impacted on the UK Internet industry.

“We want as wide range of suggestions as possible, so call on the public for their help in getting their ideas across to us.”

Nominations can be submitted to ISPA via email Twitter and nominations must be sent by Friday 10 June.

The winners will be announced at the ISPA Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 7 July.


The 2016 ISPA Awards are the 18th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards, with 50 companies nominated across 15 categories.

ISPA said Vodafone is leading the way with six nominations, followed by Catalyst2, Exa Networks, Hyperoptic and Storm Internet which all have four.

At last year's awards, Gigabit provider Hyperoptic was named ‘best superfast broadband’ for the third year running.

The fibre to the premises broadband provider also took the titles of ‘best consumer fixed broadband’ and ‘best use of digital’.

Last year also saw a special 20th anniversary award given to John Souter, CEO of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), for his service to the industry.

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