Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from ISPA -
ISPA would like to wish all readers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please note that the ISPA office will be closed between Christmas and New Year and will re-open on 4th January.
ISPA Awards 2010 Open for Entries
The ISPA Awards 2010 opened for entries this month with the unveiling of two new categories, the Access Innovation Award and the Digital Inclusion Award, which is being launched in association with Race Online 2012. The two new awards recognise the drive to get more people online and will be presented on the 8th July 2010 at the Grosvenor Marriott Hotel in London.
The new Access Innovation Award will reward those ISPs that have demonstrated innovation to provide access to notspots and the Digital Inclusion Award will reward those organisations or individuals who have helped socially or economically disadvantaged people to get online.
The awards are free to enter and entrants can register for more than one of the 14 awards before the deadline on the 22nd January.
ISPs entering categories that are technically assessed will be contacted by Epitiro and can download the testing software from the ISPA Awards website. Written entry submissions must be submitted by the 30th March and are independently judged by leading figures from the Internet industry.
UKCCIS Launches 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' Code
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) launched its online safety initiative this month: 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' at its annual summit. The code is designed to help children stay safe online.
Speaking at the launch of the code, the Prime Minister praised the work of UKCCIS in bringing together industry, Government and charities to work on a code based on self-regulation and better education. Following the Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families Ed Balls MP and Tanya Byron also spoke of the achievements of UKCCIS to date and the challenges that lay ahead.
The safety code states that Internet safety is to be part of the primary curriculum for children from the age of five by 2011 and a public awareness campaign, backed by £2million of Government funding over two years, will raise awareness of Internet safety. CEOP's one-stop shop website will be launched by autumn 2010.
ISPA and many ISPA members are members of UKCCIS.
Discount for ISPA members at Forthcoming Events
ISPA has secured discount for members at the following events
ISPA members get a 10 per cent discount to the Oxford Media Convention. Held on 21st January 2010 at the University of Oxford, the Convention aims to set the tone for media policy debate for the year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your discount or go to www.guardian.co.uk/oxfordmediaconvention for more information.
The DTG is holding a technical seminar on 3DTV on 21 January 2010 from 10:00am. This one-day event takes place at the DTG’s officeswww.dtg.org.uk/location and will provide a technical update on the current status of 3DTV globally. ISPA members can register to receive a 25 per cent discount here - www.dtg.org.uk/projects/3dtv_seminar.html
ISPA members also get a 20 Per Cent Discount to the Green Enterprise World Forum a one day conference for professionals to discuss the future development and integration of green computing and IT strategies. This conference is on the 23rd February 2010 at 76 Portland Place, London -http://www.greenenterpriseforum.com/
ISPA In the News
ISPA was quoted in the news this month on issues including the Digital Economy Bill, broadband speeds and data retention