5th ISPA Awards shortlist unveiled

The shortlist for the 15th ISPA Awards has been unveiled here.Over 40 companies and organisations have been nominated across 13 categories and congratulations to all those shortlisted - we wish all entrants the best of luck for July.

The Internet Hero & Villain shortlists will be released in early June. These awards are sponsored by fulfilment experts NetLynk Direct and we would like to thank the public, ISPA Awards judges and ISPA Council for their suggestions.

To learn more about the awards, please go to www.ispaawards.org.uk.

Tickets for the ISPA Awards available

There are tickets available for the Awards on the 11th July  and these can be bought here.

Prices have remained in line with last year’s and a table for members and nominees, which includes champagne reception, 3 course meal with wine and entertainment, can be bought for only £1250.

For those wanting to raise their profile in the internet industry, there are still some opportunities to sponsor the awards, and you can see the benefits of sponsorship here.

Return of the Communications Data Bill

After events in Woolwich, there have been several calls to re-introduce the Communications Data Bill.

ISPA remains clear on this subject: we still share the same concerns as we expressed to the Joint Committee and feel that any legislation would have to strike the right balance between proportionality and the needs of law enforcement.

We will continue to work with our members and the wider stakeholders on this important issue for the industry.

Online safety cannot be through technology alone

ISPA ran a successful Policy Forum at Addleshaw Goddard this month. A summary will be on our website shortly, as well as mailed out to members.
Alternatively, go to @ISPAUK and look through the #ISPAFourm tweets for  commentary of the event.

Speakers from industry, NGOs and academia outlined some of the main aspects of the filtering debate, with the key conclusion being that filtering can help, but has to be one of many measures for promoting online safety.

There has been a lot of activity on this subject in the last month, including a Bailey Review stocktake, and members get a weekly Monitor to help keep up with the latest developments.

Spring Dinner

ISPA members came together in May for our Spring Dinner in London.

Hosted at Kasturi restaurant in Aldgate, MDs and CTOs from a range of members discussed broadband policy, shared common practice and got to know each other a bit more.

Keep an eye out on our events calendar and the @ISPAUK twitter page for more information about new events.

ISPA events

As ever, ISPA secures free and discounted places for members. There are a variety of such events throughout June, please click here to see out full calendar.

New members

We’d like to welcome UK Broadband and Public Internet to ISPA.

ISPA in the news

ISPA was busy in the media in May.As well as an interview for BBC Radio 1 (to be broadcast in Early June), the ISPA Awards were covered in ISP Review, uSwitch and thinkbroadband.We were also referred to in the Telegraph, Guardian as well as TechWeek Europe, Computing  ITPro on the issue of online safety, and our policy Forum was covered in PC PRO and Telecom Paper.

Full coverage can be seen here.