Huppert in final of Internet Hero Award after Snooper’s Charter fight
MP Julian Huppert has made it into the final of a national competition to find the Internet Hero of the Year for his stand against the controversial “Snooper’s Charter”.
Julian has been recognised “publicly leading the political opposition to the Communications Data Bill” after he served on the Joint Committee examining the proposals. They concluded that the proposals were not appropriate, and this led to the Bill being killed off by Nick Clegg.
The competition is run by the Internet Service Providers Association, made up of internet providers large and small, which has called on members of the public for their nominations for Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards.
They also stated that “ISPA Council also felt Julian is one of the few MPs that fully understands the internet and deserves recognition”
He is in the final line-up along with Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg, recognised for killing off the Communications Data Bill, and whistle-blower Edward Snowden who exposed the PRISM surveillance project run by the US government.
“I am delighted to reach the final of this award,” said Julian. “It is testament to the strength of feeling about internet security and data privacy among the public generally that these issues are central to these awards this year.
“It is paramount that we protect our privacy so that ordinary people can use the internet and go about their daily lives without fear of being watched.
“We have to keep the balance between liberty and security and I will continue to make sure that happens.”
The awards ceremony will take place on July 11 at London’s Park Lane Sheraton Hotel.