Conroy wins ASOCIO person of the year award

NBN efforts one of the key reasons Conroy was selected for the honour
Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy

Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has ended 2009 on a high, winning “person of the year” at the APICTA awards in Melbourne last night.

The honour, bestowed by the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) which includes regional industry bodies such as the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), was awarded to Conroy for his efforts on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

ASOCIO president, Ashank Desai, said the honour is an annual award given to a member of the APICTA awards host country who has made a significant difference to the ICT industry.

“He’s a person that, not only in Australia but in the Asia-Oceania region also, has helped moved the region forward in terms of making trade happen,” Desai said.

AIIA chairman, John Grant, who accepted the award on the minister’s behalf, said since taking on the communications portfolio, Conroy had become more competent. Grant praised Conroy for his in-depth knowledge of his portfolio.

“In days in the future, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be recognised for making decisions that have created a new opportunity and a new world,” Grant said.

“The really courageous thing that you have to recognise him for is pushing through the decision on the NBN.

“He’s not afraid of making tough decisions, and what you have to give him credit for is that he balances the arguments very well and walks the talk that he believes in.”

In a tumultuous year for the Minister, Conroy was awarded “internet villain of the year” in July at the 11th annual UK Internet Industry Awards, due to the government’s hugely unpopular plans for a national ISP-level Internet filter. This week, he announced the filter plan would go ahead after successful trials.

And earlier this month, Conroy was named in the number three spot of people, companies or products in Computerworld’s Top 10 Most Influential for 2009 awards. Voting is still open for the Readers Choice Award.

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Was this an early April fools joke?

Despite a flood of criticism of the government's Internet censorship policy, an almost unanimous view by experts (excluding those who will profit) that it won't work, the government rigged their own trials, and proceeds regardless.

That is incompetence to the extreme.



Conroy deserves the internet villain of the year. Not this award.

What a complete joke!

Brett Anderson


You have to be kidding right?

I have no doubt that the political fallout from this debacle with the mandatory censorship of Australians internet will unceremoniously end Senator Conroy's political career. The NBN will be useless when it’s being filtered and slowed down, the Enex report didn't even test high speed connections!

The only award he should be receiving is "Biggest Miscreant of the Decade".



Well tack that up there with warmongerer Obama's Peace Prize and Ben Bernanke getting TIME Man of the Year after destroying the worlds economy. If you didnt win an award this year you are probably a decent human being.



I agree that Senator Conroy has made a significant difference to the IT industry.

He is right up there with Pol Pot who made a significant difference in the field of human rights, and Bernie Madoff who made a significant difference in the field of fiduciary responsibility.



Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO)

- crossed off my list of creditable computing organizations.

I imagine the ceremony went like this: 'Here's your award - thanks for the funding".

And this quote was ALMOST right:
“In days in the future, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be recognised for making decisions that have created a new opportunity and a new world,”

ONLY if we're unlucky enough not to defeat his repressive censorship policy.



Wow, they must be trying to get some NBN/filter implementation funding or something.

How would you award this senator anything besides a great big kick out of public service?



LOL... The whingeites are certainly out in force again, stung by Conroy gaining more industry recognition...

You have to like this one:

"an almost unanimous view by experts..."

You mean the "experts" you asked and were ready to accept.

Apparently, if you do not agree with the anti-filter activists, you no longer qualify as an "expert"...


And Steve, your comparison of Conroy with Pol Pot shows that you are either competely ignorant of Pol Pot, or the murder and torture of over a million people are irrelevant to you, or you simply lack any comprehension of how to bring genocide and "censorship" into any bounds of perspective...

Sadly, It appears it is all three.

The familes of those raped, tortured, starved and murdered by Pol Pot thank you for your support...

I take it you think that an internet filter made Pol Pot into a genocidal maniac, right?

Kevin V Russell


Unfortunately due the fascists running the right wing of the Labor party in Australia Conroy's place in Parliament is a lock. This is what passes for representative democracy in Australia. We know he is in thrall to the Family Fist nutcases but this latest move should be his undoing. It won't be of course because the sheeple who vote Labor can barely count past six to vote for someone else in the election due this year.



@ArthurP - I love how you disguised yourself as an intellectual troll trying to debunk other people's arguments

"Apparently, if you do not agree with the anti-filter activists, you no longer qualify as an "expert"...


The only thing precious is you, sunshine. Do you work for Conroy? Or are you just his boyfriend? There are many experts that disagree with the filter, the ones that do agree with it all seem to have something to gain from this.

Sadly, you just come off as a c--t. A danger to our freedom to obtain information is a human rights issue, especially if down the track the government does decide to go all "Pol Pot" on us.

Its bigger than just not being about to get all the deprived pornography I can find on the internet, its about the government controlling what we can obtain and that's wrong.

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