Safety, security and community involvement were keynotes of winning entries to Nominet's Best Practice Challenge, which aims to encourage innovative uses of the internet.
Nominet, which manages UK domain name registrations, and other UK government representatives will promote these entries at the next international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Hyderabad in December.
Nominet's director of legal and policy, Emily Taylor, said, "The key to successfully advancing a self-regulatory internet industry relies heavily on organisations' abilities to provide flexible, adaptable solutions. At last year's IGF meeting, France and Brazil were extremely impressed with the UK's best practice examples. It is likely that more countries will seek advice on internet protocol and best practice from the UK."
Alun Michael MP, who chaired the judging panel said, "This year's challenge has produced more entries from a wider spectrum of businesses and organisations. We've had a household name like Barclays with a device that has significantly increased online security for its customers, and a group of volunteers from Age Concern in Edinburgh who have delivered training courses in residential homes to help over-50s cross the digital divide. The entries have been inspiring and heartwarming in equal measure."
The category winners are:
- Best development project ACE IT (Age Concern Edinburgh Information Technology). ACE IT provides community-based computer training for over-50s in the Edinburgh area and beyond.
- Best security initiative Barclays - PINsentry authentication device. Barclays issued over one million standalone card readers (called PINsentry) to their customers as part of its two factor authentication drive. Since then it has had no cases of online fraud, and Trojans and phishing attacks against Barclays are decreasing.
- Raising industry standards Internet Watch Foundation. The Internet Watch Foundation's 'notice and take-down' service for the UK online sector has succeeded in virtually eradicating child sexual abuse content from being hosted in the UK.
- Personal safety online Get Safe Online. Get Safe Online is the UK's national internet security awareness campaign to help consumers and micro-businesses learn how to protect themselves against internet security risks.
- Internet for all Common Knowledge. Common Knowledge is a voluntary Glasgow organisation that tackles the digital divide faced by people with significant cognitive learning difficulties.
- Open internet Youthnet. do-it.org.uk, owned and run by online charity YouthNet, is a volunteering resource that lists more than 850,000 volunteering opportunities with major charities and local voluntary and public sector organisations.
- Internet and culture (special award) British Library. The British Library created two complementary web resources to accompany its 2007 exhibition 'Sacred', focusing on the great texts of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
- Runners-up Cambridgeshire's Community Access Points (CAP) Initiative, theBusiness Crime Reduction Centre, SafeBuy, Symantec, the British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB), andmySociety for its e-petitions.