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InternetNZ and auDA Reveal New Look For ANZIA Awards For 2016

For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as “an exciting transformation – new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.”The joint organisers, auDA and InternetNZ, have reviewed all the categories and introduced a Tech Startup Award for this year. The Tech Startup Award will celebrate unique ventures that promote internet-related technologies or markets. The award is supported by Fishburners – Australia’s largest startup co-working space.For the first time, all winners – both not-for-profit and commercial bodies – will be awarded a A$2,500 cash prize.”auDA is excited to relaunch the new-look ANZIAs and offer prize money to all winners, including tech startups, who we are pleased to support with the new category,” said Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA. “We also welcome a talented and knowledgeable multi-sector judging panel.””Since its inception eight years ago, we have regularly reviewed the ANZIA program to assure it reflects the fast moving tech sector we work within. 2016 will see some of the biggest changes to date and we hope the greatest number of high calibre applicants, from all our stakeholder groups.””New Zealanders in the tech space should carefully consider how they can take part in the ANZIAs,” commented Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ.”The awards are a great opportunity to showcase and promote your work and they provide a great platform to get well-earned recognition.”Graham McDonald will be returning as the 2016 ANZIA chief judge, and joining him for the first time will be Denis Moriarty – Group Managing Director, Our Community, Vanisa Dhiru – Executive Director of the 2020 Trust and Alan Dee from Fishburners.The six ANZIA categories for 2016 are:

  • Security Award, supported by AusRegistry
  • Diversity & Digital Skills Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Tech Startup Award, supported by Fishburners
  • Information Award
  • The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites

Enter now at anzia.org.au/howtoenter Entries close on Monday 10 June 2016.Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne, Tuesday 30 August 2016.For those that are really keen and who want to keep track of updates on the ANZIAs, there is a Facebook page, an Instagram page and you can register for news at anzia.org.au.

InternetNZ and auDA Announce 2015 ANZIA Finalists

ANZIAs Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards logo[news release] auDA and InternetNZ are pleased to announce 22 finalists for the 2015 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs), who are all making a positive contribution to the use and development of the Internet.

We were impressed by the outstanding quality across all categories.  This year we received the largest number of entries yet.

The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community, on the Internet – both in Australia and New Zealand.

The finalists for the six categories are:

Access and Digital Skills

Digital Journey
N4L (Network for Learning)
Optus – Digital Thumbprint Program
UEB Online


Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre
Epilepsy Action Australia (EAA)/Yarning Epilepsy


Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law
The Conversation


Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS)

Security and online safety

Cybersmart Program – #GameOn
Learn with iiNet Workshops
Optus – Digital Thumbprint Program
The eSmart Digital Licence

The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites

Bathurst Community Website Inc.
Number 8 Network
Oxley Residents’ Association Website Makeover
Tamahere Forum
Vision Motueka Development Trust

Winners for each category will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on Thursday 27 August 2015, in Auckland New Zealand. If you are interested in tickets for the event, please email info@internetawards.org.au

For more information about the awards, visit www.internetawards.org.au and the ANZIA Facebook page.

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Second Round Of New gTLD Applications On ICANN Board Agenda: auIGF Discussion

The prospect of a second round of applications for new gTLDs is on the agenda for ICANN, with discussions likely to take place at an upcoming board meeting, possibly as early as September.

“The board will soon start discussing the possibility of opening a second round of applications for new gTLDs, said ICANN board member and auDA CEO Chris Disspain at the Australian Internet Governance Forum Wednesday in a discussion on new gTLDs focussing on the upcoming .melbourne.

The earliest possibility for discussions is an ICANN board retreat, scheduled for early to mid-September.

The conference was preceded by the announcement of the winners of the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA), a collaboration between auDA and InternetNZ, that recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the Internet.

“The concept of the ANZIAs came from discussions between Keith Davidson (the then CEO of InternetNZ) and me over several glasses of red wine,” said Disspain. “We wanted to be able to reward those organisations, individuals and businesses we had seen develop incredible online resources, for the benefit of all Australians and New Zealanders. The Internet is a place where everyone is able to exchange ideas and communicate, on a level playing field. The ANZIAs are a way to acknowledge the world-class initiatives that are created, in both of our countries.”

There were winners in six different categories:

  • Diversity: Cultural Infusion
  • Innovation: ARTS:LIVE – The Song Room
  • Information: Policy Online (APO)
  • Access & Digital Skills: Get Up To Speed Program – The Training Collective
  • Security & Online Safety: RealMe – New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs
  • The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites: Apollo Bay Community Website Inc

A full list of winners and those highly commended is available at www.internetawards.org.au

The upcoming launch of the .melbourne gTLD was also the focus though of one session. Questions were raised about the cost, due to the $50 wholesale premium being charged to registrars. But ARI Registry Services CEO Adrian Kinderis, who will provide registry services, justified the cost for three reasons – respect for the Australian country code .au, preventing cybersquatting and that it’s expensive to run a TLD, so with less names, costs have to be higher to pay the bills.

Kinderis also believes that the use of a city gTLD such as .melbourne will also help internet users find their desired destination.

If you’re searching for Melbourne, the results for .melbourne will be ranked higher, Kinderis believes. The same with brands. Searching for a brand will rank websites using the brand gTLD higher than other sites.

But for registrants using domains in more generic TLDs, Kinderis believes they will in the main not be ranked highly in search results.

Registrations Open For 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards

auDA and InternetNZ have launched the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs) for 2012.

Now in its fourth year, the ANZIAs are an annual event organised by the policy and regulatory bodies for .AU and .NZ and celebrate the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZIA winners receive recognition as industry leaders, for setting new standards in making the Internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place. The Awards also offer winners public and industry exposure, positive media coverage, networking opportunities, recognition of hard work for staff and volunteers and an $AUD2500 cash prize for eligible entrants.

Entries are invited in six categories:

  • Security and privacy
  • Internet access & digital skills
  • Innovation
  • Information
  • Diversity
  • IPv6.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Vikram Kumar says the ANZIAs are a great opportunity for New Zealand and Australian businesses and individuals to have their online endeavours celebrated.

“The six ANZIA categories cover all facets of the global Internet, from the highly-technical to the cultural, humanistic and innovative. We know there are a number of wonderful Internet-related projects happening in the Trans-Tasman region and we encourage all those involved to register their interest now for their chance to get recognised.”

auDA Chris Disspain echoed Mr. Kumar, saying “the ANZIA awards distinguish the premier businesses, individuals and organizations in Australia and New Zealand that use the internet to enrich the lives of others and advance the cause of using the internet in positive and inventive ways.”

Among the ANZIA winners in 2011 were Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, The Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation, and DTS NZ. ANZIA has in recent years celebrated the achievements of CanTeen, The National Library of New Zealand, Hector’s World Limited and Darwin City Council’s GRIND Youth Initiative.

Registrations of interest are now open. Interested parties can register to receive instructions on how to enter. Applications will open on 1st June and close on 31st July, with all winners announced at a gala dinner in Canberra on 8 October.

For more information see internetawards.org.au.