And why? – for the role they both played in preventing the communications data bill from reaching the statute books.
The other two nominees are Edward Snowdon, who was the whistleblower on the PRISM project, and Spamhaus, an IT security organisation who fought off a major denial of service attack earlier this year.
ISPA Secretary-General Nicholas Lansman noted that the Internet Hero award is “one of the most anticipated categories” at the ISPAs.
Given what has happened in the last year, it is no surprise that surveillance dominates this year’s shortlists.
Thank you to members of the public for their suggestions and I look forward to finding out who wins on the night.
The ISPA awards also have a Villain of the Year category, for which the Home Secretary Theresa May has been nominated, along with PRISM itself.
The winners will be announced on 11th July.
* Mary Reid is the Monday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.