Feeds

BT wrestles with Carol Vorderman for 'net villain' award

Love to see that

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

BT, Carol Vorderman and the European Union (EU) are all in the running for the dubious honour of being named "Internet Villain" of the year.

The most eagerly awaited award of the annual "ISPAs" - which celebrate the best (and worst) of the UK's internet industry - the "villain" category always causes a flurry of interest.

Previous winners include BT and the Home Office. The short-list for this year is as follows:

BT - For greatly exaggerating the number of people attempting to access web sites 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 (EU) - 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.

In the interest of balance, the ISPAs - run by the Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA) - also has an award for the "Hero" of the year. While a far more worthy award, it is, by its nature, also just a little dull.

Anyhow, the nominees for this accolade 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 [whatever can they mean? ed]

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

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 winners of these awards, and all the other "ISPAs", will be announced on 24 February. ®

Related stories

PlusNet gets tough with broadband hogs
Spamhaus crowned Internet heroes of 2003
Pipex and Eclipse win top Internet Oscars

A new approach to endpoint data protection

More from The Register

next story
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?