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The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) – the UK’s leading Internet trade association - reveals today (Thursday 23rd December 2004) the nominees in the Special Awards Division of The 2005 ISPAs – The 7th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards in association with Purple Sun and Web User. Included in this division are the official Internet Hero and Internet Villain categories and the Internet Watch Foundation Award for Developments in Online Safety.

ISPA introduced the popular Internet Hero and Villain categories in 2001 that have since been copied by other Internet industry awards schemes.

The hero and villain shortlists respectively reflect the ISPA Council’s opinion as to the people and organisations that have helped or hampered the interests of the Internet industry. The ISPA Council selects the shortlist and eventual winner in each of these categories

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Award shortlist reflects the opinion of the IWF towards organisations that have helped to develop a safer Internet.

The Internet Watch Foundation Award for Developments in Online Safety sponsored by Juniper Networks.

The nominees are:

* Barnardo’s
For the Just One Click campaign which was the first UK wide conference and report dedicated to the needs of children who are victims of abuse via new technology. The campaign focused on raising awareness of the sexual abuse of children and young people via the Internet and mobile phone technology.

* British Telecom
For launching their URL blocking initiative Cleanfeed, which was designed and implemented to block access to websites confirmed to contain illegal child abuse images.

* Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety (CHIS)
For the Child Safety Digital Manifesto that called on the UK to strengthen its contribution to the different international bodies working on child protection online and for a crack down on overseas cyber crime havens.

* Mobile Operators – specifically Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and 3
For developing a code of practice and creating a framework that classifies certain commercial content - including visual content and online gambling services - as unsuitable for customers under the age of 18 and deploying age verification techniques.

* Vodafone
For its content control system, the world’s first mobile application of a barring and filtering mechanism to prevent access to age restricted content including gambling, erotica, violent games and unmoderated chat over the Internet.

The shortlist and final winner of this award is decided by the Internet Watch Foundation.

The Internet Hero Award sponsored by Beachcroft Wansbourghs

The nominees are:

* The Officers of the All Party Internet Group
For their review of the Computer Misuse Act which called for a specific offence to be created and greater penalties for perpetrators of denial of service attacks

* David Blunkett
For his self-imposed lesson on the value of privacy

* Stephen Timms
For his effective work as E-commerce Minister which will be missed by the Internet industry

* The Office of Communications (Ofcom)
For reacting in an unexpectedly positive manner to the regulatory needs of the Internet telephony industry

* Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE)
For their efforts to stop the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) from undermining the tried and trusted systems of Internet governance, with the threat of bureaucracy, government interference and disruption to the very essence of why the Internet is a success.

The Internet Villain Award sponsored by Claranet

The nominees are:

* BT
For greatly exaggerating the number of people attempting to access websites hosting child pornography at the PR launch of Cleanfeed and for implementing significant price hikes on its small and medium sized ISP wholesale customers with little notice.

* The European Union
For threatening the “Country of Origin” principle which has encouraged e-commerce across the EU and for the Draft Framework Decision on Data Retention.

* International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
For their insufficient support for music download services and their lack of understanding of the online community

* Lycos
For encouraging Internet users to participate in denial of service attacks

* Carol Vorderman
For her uninformed comments on the Internet industry.

Other awards to be presented at The 2005 ISPAs – the 7th Annual UK Internet Industry

Awards are:

ISP Division

* Best National Consumer ISP sponsored by Mastercard
* Best National Business ISP sponsored by Telefonica
* Best Light Consumer Broadband
* Best Heavy Consumer Broadband
* Best Sumo Consumer Broadband
* Best Light Business Broadband
* Best Heavy Business Broadband sponsored by Zyxel
* Best Sumo Business Broadband sponsored by Total Network Solutions
* Best Metered Dial-up
* Best Unmetered Dial-up sponsored by Axiom Systems
* Best Hosting Provider sponsored by Zeus
* Best Portal sponsored by Community Internet

Supplier Division

* Best Hardware sponsored by Wannado
* Best Application
* Best Carrier sponsored by Utransit
* Best Search sponsored by One.Tel
* Best Data Centre sponsored by Webhost Automation

The finalists for the ISP Division and the Suppliers Division awards are due for release at the end of January 2005.

The winners for all categories will be announced during a gala dinner on 24th February 2005 at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

All information about the awards is at www.ispaawards.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors

The views expressed in this release are those of the Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK) and do not necessarily reflect the corporate policies of the individual companies that are members of the Association.

For further information, please contact the ISPA Press Office.
Email: pressoffice@ispa.org.uk Tel: 020 7233 7239

The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) was established in 1995 as a trade association to represent providers of Internet services in the UK. ISPA promotes competition, self-regulation and the development of the Internet industry. For a list of members or other information about ISPA, please consult the website: http://www.ispa.org.uk

Purple Sun
Purple Sun offer a range of services to Internet service providers to monitor the performance of customer experiences across dial up, cable, VPN, ISDN, ADSL and Wireless connections. Purple Sun's ISP-I ("eyespy") system compares ISP performance from a variety of sites across the UK, external to the provider's network. ISP-I constantly monitors performance by continually connecting to each ISP, every 15-30 minutes, and capturing performance metrics such as time to connect, connection speed, upload, download speed, ping time, DNS look-up time and e-mail. Purple Sun is headquartered in Cardiff. Further information is available at http://www.purple-sun.com.

Web User
Web User is the UK's favourite internet magazine. On sale every fortnight it keeps you up-to-date with all the latest news, views and developments on the Web. Being Britain's best-selling internet read, Web User is, quite simply, for most people, the only internet magazine they'll ever need.

www.webuser.co.uk

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