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ANZIAs winners announced in Melbourne

ANZIAs winners announced in Melbourne

The interwebs is a veritable playground for the digitally-inclined, many of whom were tapped by the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards last night for standout online initiatives that make our virtual and real lives a little bit better, including Kiwi ISP DTS, Victoria University's Deaf Studies Research Unit and the Department of Internal Affairs.

The ANZIAs are a collaboration between InternetNZ and auDA (the .au Domain Administration),  adjudicated by an independent panel of experts from both countries. Now in their third year, they celebrate exceptional contributions by businesses, organisations and individuals to the development and use of the internet in Australia and New Zealand.

“The ANZIAs honour innovators from a highly diverse range of organisations that have set new standards for making the internet a more inclusive, accessible and safe place,” said auDA chief executive Chris Disspain.

"In a highly competitive online environment, these initiatives have developed creative and effective ways to reach customers, deliver services and enhance the online experience of Australians and New Zealanders.”

InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar said this year’s awards attracted twice the number of entries received in 2010.

The winners were presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne featuring a keynote speech by former Australian High Court Judge, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Information:

Winner: Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation, Tune In Not Out
Highly Commended: The Courier newspaper, Ballarat

Diversity:

Winner: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Highly Commended: Victoria University of Wellington, Deaf Studies Research Unit

IPv6:

Winner: DTS Ltd
Highly Commended:Internode

Security and Privacy:

Winner: Telstra
Highly Commended:Aura RedEye Security

Internet Access and Digital Skills:

Winner: Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired
Highly Commended: Infoxchange

Innovation:

Highly Commended: NZ Department of Internal Affairs; Beek; PaperKut Paperless Receipts.