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Six projects that help make the Internet a safer, accessible and more trusted place for all to be highlighted at September’s Internet Governance Forum meeting

1 August 2011 – Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for .uk Internet infrastructure, today announces the winners of the 2011 Nominet Internet Awards, which recognises the individuals and organisations in the using the Internet to make a real difference to the individuals, communities and businesses in the UK.

The winning entries, chosen for their work in making the Internet a more secure, open, accessible or diverse experience, will be showcased internationally as best practice examples at the next Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 27th September.

This year’s winners include the Silver Surfer Day initiative to get older people online, a free online tool for schools to review their e-safety policies and an online TV channel for young dads. The full list of categories and winners is as follows:

Building a networked nation: Digital Unite’s Silver Surfers’ Day is a national campaign that encourages and supports local organisations all over the UK to open their doors and give older people a taste of what the Internet has to offer them. It’s estimated that around 100,000 older people have engaged with computers thanks to the campaign, which is now in its ninth year.

Making the Internet safer: 360 degree safe from South West Grid is a well-designed, user friendly, online tool for schools to review their e-safety provision, identify strengths and weaknesses and develop an improvement action plan. The tool, developed by the South West Grid for Learning Trust, can be used free of charge by any school.

Opening the world of knowledge: Rightsnet is an advice and information support service for UK frontline advice workers who work with some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities. It provides thousands of frontline organisations, including Citizens Advice Bureaux, law centres and local authorities, with daily updates on the latest developments in social welfare law. It was launched by the advice and technology charity, Lasa, in 1998.

Empowering young people and citizens: Young Dads TV was developed by Media for Development (MfD). It uses digital media, social media and mobile technology to give young fathers below the age of 25 a lively, practical, online magazine style hub of positive, relevant and humorous activities that support and champion young dads in their roles as fathers.

Nurturing powerful local partnerships: Northern Money is a free online directory which can help residents across the North East and Cumbria to find details of their local credit union (or other affordable credit provider), using a simple postcode search. The project has also helped many credit unions created a web-presence for the very first time.

Special award for co-operation: e-Crime Wales is a partnership of organisations and agencies committed to equipping Welsh businesses with the knowledge and tools to be aware, vigilant, informed and ultimately safe from the destructive effects of e-Crime in all its forms.

Special commendations for going the extra mile and for newcomers are also noted in each category. For more information on these and all of the winners, please read the NIA 2011 brochure.

The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Chair of the judges, said: “Judging this year’s entries has been a difficult, yet inspirational, process. It’s great to see such a broad range of entries covering so many different aspects of UK community life, and a testament to the UK’s position at the forefront of online innovation. On behalf of all the judges, I congratulate all the shortlisted entrants on their fantastic work this year.”

Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “The Awards have again demonstrated the exceptional work being done by individuals and organisations to make the Internet a safe, accessible and trusted place for everyone in the UK. We’ll be very proud to highlight the winning entries at the next IGF meeting as the UK’s best examples of Internet innovation, inclusion and safety.”

For more information on the Nominet Internet Awards, click here.

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About the Internet Awards

The Nominet Internet Awards is an annual competition which is aimed at UK individuals and organisations who are helping to make the internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for everyone who uses it. These awards celebrate great UK internet projects by recognising achievement and innovation.
Building on the success of the past four years, we will recognise those organisations, groups and individuals who have embraced the challenge of making the internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience. Winners will be promoted in the UK and internationally as examples of best practice. Supporters of the Nominet Internet Awards include MPs, industry leaders, civil institutions, businesses, public sector and academia.

About Nominet

Nominet is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk Internet infrastructure. A public service ethos drives everything we do – we strive to make the Internet an ever more trusted space for everyone who uses it.
As one of the world’s largest Internet registries, we maintain a ‘directory’ of domain names ending in.uk, and run the technology which locates the computer hosting the website or email address you are looking for.

We set up and support the Nominet Trust, an independently run charity focussed on increasing access, safety and education on Internet issues.

For more information

Please contact Patrick Yiu at Brands2Life on 020 7592 1200 or by email at nominetuk@brands2life.co.uk

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