Webby Awards reveal finalists

The 2003 Academy Awards are history, but recognition of the best of the Internet is just gearing up, with the announcement of the finalists for the 7th Annual Webby Awards.

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences released the list this week, recognizing outstanding Web sites in such categories as education, games, politics, finance, spirituality, technical achievement, and the catchall: weird.

June Presentations

Organizers note that sites encouraging dialog and action on everything from the war in Iraq to grassroots organizing are acknowledged this season. So are fashion, news gathering, and online auctions--a perennial favorite.

A complete list of nominees is available at http://www.webbyawards.com/main/webby_awards/nominees.html.

Awards will be announced June 5. The Webby tradition restricts winners to an acceptance speech of five words or less.

The Webbys invite all Netizens to participate in the awards by voting on the People's Voice Awards. Through May 23, all are welcome to cast online ballots for their choice of Web sites. Any site may be submitted in this open category.

Awards are given by the Academy, a global organization whose more than 480 members are recognized experts in numerous fields. Among the participants are musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet co-creator Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Smart Mobs author Howard Rheingold, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison. Other members include Web developers, Internet experts, and technology writers and editors.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers audits The Webby Awards and People's Voice Awards voting process.

Diverse Recognition

"This year's nominees clearly demonstrate how the Web is increasingly being used as a tool to empower people, not just politically but also technologically, spiritually, and in countless other ways," says Maya Draisin, executive director of The Academy.

Draisin cites nominees such as Movable Type, a finalist in the Best Practices category, and LiveJournal, in the Community category, which have contributed to the explosion in personal Web logs (blogs).

The Webbys also recognize sites that provide innovative ways to organize people and pursue political activity, such as Meetup.com, also a Community category finalist; and MoveOn.org, noted in the Politics category.

"This year's nominees are a tribute to the Web's power to facilitate worldwide conversation on ideas that are often overlooked in traditional media," says Tiffany Shlain, founder and creative director of The Webby Awards.

Repeat Nominees

For the third year, the Academy will also present the Best Practices Award, which recognizes a single Web site that serves as a model of excellence. This year's nominees are Commanding Heights Online, Edutopia, Movable Type, Theban Mapping Project, and Wired News.

The list of nominees this year includes many long-established sites and recognizes a record 24 international nominees, according to Webby Awards staff.

Several sites received more than one nomination. BBC-affiliated Web sites led the entries with three nominations: BBC Video Nation in the Community category; BBC News in the News category, and BBC Religion & Ethics in the Spirituality category.

Organizations with Web site finalists in at least two categories include PBS, Google, CBC Radio, Disney's Toontown Online, NASA, The New York Times, The Onion, oddtodd.com, Sodaplay, and Metacritic.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

PC World Staff

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?