Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy has been awarded the title of Internet Villain of the Year at the 11th annual Internet Industry Awards, due to the government’s hugely unpopular plans for an Internet filter.
Selected by Britain’s ISPA Council, the Internet Villain category recognised individuals or organisations that have upset the Internet industry and hampered its development.
Conroy managed to trump French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the European Parliament to take out top honours, which was applauded by opposition communications spokesperson Nick Minchin.
“Senator Conroy’s ISP-level filtering proposal has raised enormous concerns about its effects on Internet speeds; about over-blocking and under-blocking; about the security of the ACMA black-list and about politically-motivated censorship of the Internet,” Minchin said.
“In his manic determination to introduce mandatory ISP-level filtering he has overseen a chaotic approach to the trialling filtering, with constantly changing goal posts and regular delays.”
Minchin said in these circumstances it comes as no surprise that Senator Conroy is this year’s Internet Villain.