ISPA in 2012
ISPA has had a busy and successful 2012, with a lot of developments in the key areas of our work. We have grown as an organisation, recruiting ovrt 30 new members across the entire UK internet industry as well as hosting several successful events.
On the policy side, we have been at the forefront of the scrutiny of the Draft Communications Data Bill, giving written and oral evidence to the Joint Committee, and have been involved with a number of important industry issues from child safety, online copyright to broadband roll out.
We have once again hosted a busy events calendar with events on the Defamation Bill, Data Protection and Communications Data Bill, running a briefing session in Manchester as well as our annual awards and conference. It will be a busy year in 2013, and we'll inform you of our events and policy work next year.
ISPA Award Entries Flying In
The 15th ISPAs have opened and entrants have been coming in from the breadth of our membership. Regitration ends for the technical testing phase of the awards on January 25th (via our testing partner thinkbroadband). We have 15 categories for the 15th year the awards has been running. Full information can be found at www.ispaawards.org.uk
New and Revised Awards Sponsorship
The 15th ISPAs will be bigger than ever. We have announced 4 new sponsor packages for the 2013 awards. Starting at £5000, there are silver and gold packages for Individual Award sponsorship, a package for Combined Awards (two linked awards like Internet Hero & internet Villain) and one chance to be the Headline Sponsor
Click here for more information about sponsorship and there are substantial discounts for early sponsors.
Developments in Communications Data & Online Safety
The Joint Communications Committee published its report on the Draft Communications Data Bill. The report can be read in full here. ISPA welcomes the report and are happy that the report adopted several of the developments ISPA proposed.
Furthermore, the government's response to the Consultation on Parental Controls was published last week and the report can be read here. The report, based on a survey of parents and written evidence said all ISPs should do more to promote filtering to their customers, but did not mandate default blocking.
ISPA welcomes the government's response and we look forward to working with our members and government on next steps.
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ISPA in the news
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Happy Christmas everyone! We'll be shutting up e-shop (ie our office) on 21st December, and will be back on 2nd January 2013. Have a good break everyone!
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