Nick Clegg and Julian Huppert are Internet heroes

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has shortlisted both Nick Clegg and Julian Huppert  for it’s Internet Hero award for 2013.

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 a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames and is a member of Federal Conference Committee.

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4 Comments

  • I bet IPSA members still donate cash to the Tories though.

  • Stuart Mitchell 18th Jun '13 - 10:44pm

    I clicked the link to the ISPA website and Kaspersky flashed up a red angry box telling me that it had intercepted a malicious Trojan. I nominate Kasperky as my Internet Hero and ISPA as my Internet Villain.

  • Daniel Henry 20th Jun '13 - 1:06pm

    Well deserved by both.

    Even Liberator praised Nick for continuing to speak out against the Snooper’s Charter, despite it’s proponents opportunistically using the Woolwich tragedy to try and rally support for it.

    And Julian continues to be a force to be reckoned with in Parliament, no matter how hard the incompetent fools from both sides try to shout him down!

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