Who’s nominated for the 2016 Internet Hero and Villain Awards?

The ISPA has announced the nominees for its annual Internet Hero and Villain Awards, and this year sees the organisation praising user privacy and damning rubbish cyber security.

Home Secretary Theresa May won the Villain category last year, and her Investigatory Powers Bill (also known as the Snooper's Charter) is still a hot topic. Nominated for Internet Hero status this year are Nicola Blackwood, who headed a report into the Bill and gave some "sensible recommendations"; and MPs Jo Cherry and Sir Keir Starmer, for their "continued scrutiny" of the bill.

In a similar vein, small-fingered US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has got himself a Villain nomination for his call to "close" parts of the internet.

The ISPA has also taken as hard a stance as it can on the FBI vs Apple case, by nominating Apple in the Hero category ("for defending the fundamental principles of encryption and customer privacy") and FBI as a Villain ("for attempting to undermine security").

And it's not the only nominee shortlisted for its approach to cyber security. Mossack Fonseca, of Panama Papers infamy, is nominated for "poor security practices".

The generic internet troll received a token Villain nomination too, for undermining free speech and basically making the internet kind of awful.

The shortlist for 2016's Internet Hero is:

  • Nicola Blackwood MP
  • Jo Cherry QC MP and Sir Keir Starmer QC MP
  • Apple
  • Andrew Ferguson
  • Web Foundation

And the shortlist for 2016's Internet Villain is:

  • Donald Trump
  • Mossack Fonseca
  • The FBI
  • The internet troll
  • TCYK LLP

The winners will be announced at the UK Internet Industry Awards on 7 July, which also sees the likes of BT, Hyperoptic, and Vodafone shortlisted for top broadband awards.

Source: ISPA

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