From Torrent Freak:

Founded in 1995, the Internet Services Providers’ Association is the UK’s first trade group for ISPs. In addition to helping to found the anti-child abuse Internet Watch Foundation, ISPA roles include the promotion of competition and innovation, plus self-regulation for the industry.

ISPA is currently headed up by a 10 person council, which includes representatives from some of the country’s largest Internet Service Providers such as BT, Virgin and Sky. More broadly, ISPA has 134 members including telecoms giants AOL, AT&T and EE, plus technology companies Google and Microsoft.

Each year ISPA holds the ISPA Awards, a ceremony during which the group honors entities they believe have contributed to make the Internet a safer and more secure place for consumers.

This year’s nominees have just been announced and in common with previous outings, surveillance and privacy are dominant themes. Apple, for example, is nominated as an ‘Internet Hero’ for its commitment to encryption and privacy. The FBI, on the other hand, is recognized as an Internet Villain for its efforts to undermine it.

Sadly, Villains are thick on the ground this year. Donald Trump has been shortlisted for his calls on the industry to ‘close down parts of the Internet’ while Mossack Fonseca are nominated for their poor cyber-security.

But perhaps of most interest to readers is that ISPA, an influential industry group, has chosen to short-list a notorious copyright troll for the coveted position of Internet Villain of the Year 2016.

The activities of TCYK LLC have been well…

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