ISPA has announced its heroes and villains short list. Winners announced at the UK Internet Industry Awards on July 9. Here's the list:
Internet Hero Finalists
Featured Artists Coalition - "For recognising publicly that the focus of music companies should be the development of new business models for distributing content online rather than attempting to pass responsibility to ISPs to take action against users"
Community Broadband Network - "For their relentless pursuit and support for next generation access at grass roots level"
European Parliament - "For rejecting by a significant majority an amendment to the Telecom Package designed to allow disconnection of users' Internet connections for alleged copyright infringement without direct judicial oversight"
Lord Carter - "For his attempt to bring a holistic view to government policy across the communications spectrum"
Thomas Gensemer - "For showcasing the enormous power of the Internet in leading Barack Obama's online presidential campaign"
Internet Villain Finalists
Baroness Vadera - "For excluding a number of ISPs and Rights Holders in agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding that was exclusive and ineffective in progressing relations between the two industries"
European Parliament - "For supporting an amendment to the Telecom Package on cookies which could yet bring the Internet to a standstill"
President Nicolas Sarkozy - "For his continued commitment to the HADOPI law, which advocates a system of graduated response, despite repeated arguments suggesting the law is disproportionate from a number of important groups including the European Parliament"
Stephen Conroy and the Australian Government - "For continuing to promote network-level blocking despite significant national and international opposition"