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 July 13, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online

Stephen Conroy’s mandatory internet filtering plans have earned him the title of Internet Villain of the Year at the 11th annual Internet Industry Awards.

The Internet Villain category recognises individuals or organisations that have upset the Internet industry and hampered its development – those whom the industry loves to hate.

As Australia’s communications minister, and supporter of one of the world’s most ambitious internet censorship plans, Senator Conroy beat out tough competition from the likes of the European Parliament and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Read more on The Age.

In a related article, Computerworld (AU) reports that an ICANN chief has said the Australian government will “embarrass itself” if it pushes ahead with the plan.

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