Wiki New Zealand, Mega among interweb's best

Wiki New Zealand, Mega among interweb's best

Wiki New Zealand, the Kiwi take on Wikipedia founded by Lillian Grace, has won the Information award at this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards.

The website presents information about New Zealand as graphs and charts. It accepts contributions from users and subject experts and the information can be used attributed under creative commons license.

Before setting up Wiki New Zealand, Grace worked for Kiwi think tank the New Zealand Initiative.

The judges said the site was useful and novel and was "breaking new ground".

Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service took the security and privacy award. The service uses browser based encryption, controlled by users.

"[Mega] combines encryption with ease of use [and] makes security accessible, but invisible. [It] recognises that cloud services are the way of the future and that addressing security and privacy concerns is key to encouraging adoption," the judges said.

The ANZIA awards are run by the .au Domain Administration and InternetNZ. The other categories are diversity; innovation; and internet access and digital skills.

InternetNZ boss Jordan Carter said the nominations show the internet as an eco-system that reflects the diversity of the real world. “It’s fairly obvious now that Australian and New Zealand organisations and individuals are displaying the sort of innovation and intelligence that can compete - and succeed - on the world stage," he says.

CSIRO and the National Museum of Australia won the innovation award, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association won the diversity award and the internet access and digital skills award went to WorkVentures.

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