auDA announces the launch of the 2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards

Posted by Janelle Backman on 15 June 2009

The .au Domain Administration (auDA) is proud to announce the launch of the 2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards.

The Awards, organised in collaboration with InternetNZ, recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the security, openness, diversity and accessibility of the Internet.

The Awards launch will be held in conjunction with the 35th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Sydney at 1.00 pm on Saturday 20 June 2009 in Function Rooms 4 &5, Level 4, Sydney Hilton, 488 George St.

Speakers will include:

  • The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, former UK Minister of State for Industry and Chair of the UK’s Internet Best Practice Awards
  • Senator Kate Lundy (TBC)
  • The Hon Tony Staley, auDA Board Chair
  • Chris Disspain – auDA CEO
  • Keith Davidson - InternetNZ


The categories for the 2009 Awards are:

Security – initiatives that are at the forefront of developing solutions to security threats and building trust and confidence in the online environment.

Openness – initiatives that enable Internet users to benefit from increased access to online materials, knowledge or information.

Access – initiatives that aim to combat the digital divide, facilitating access for groups such as the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged.

Diversity – initiatives that encourage expressions of cultural diversity and identity, including the promotion of multilingualism and indigenous cultures online.

A fifth award will be presented recognising the achievements of young Australians or New Zealanders. Applicants for the Youth Award can be eligible under any one of the four main themes.

Nominations close on 31 August 2009. Award winners will be announced in October and promoted at the next meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November.

Following the launch, additional information about the Awards will be available at and


About auDA

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the Australian Government to administer the .au domain space under an industry self-regulatory regime.

As part of its role of ensuring a stable and secure .au space, auDA:

  • develops and implement domain name policy
  • licenses 2LDregistry operators
  • accredits and licenses registrars
  • implements consumer safeguards
  • facilitates .au Dispute Resolution Policy
  • represents .au at ICANN and other international fora.


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