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e-Crime Wales project wins at prestigious 2011 Nominet Internet Awards

The Welsh Government’s e-Crime Wales initiative was a winner at the Nominet Internet Awards 2011, which highlights UK companies, charities and individuals which are making a difference on, or through, the Internet.

e-Crime cost the Welsh economy close to an estimated £1 billion last year, and e-Crime Wales took home a special award for its efforts in co-operating the private and public sectors to tackle the problem.

The e-Crime Wales website has a host of practical information including downloadable factsheets, guides and videos, as well as a ‘report a crime’ function, to help businesses stay safe online.

Business Minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased to see the innovative approach to combating e-crime in Wales had been given recognition,

“Business is the biggest victim of e-Crime, which costs the Welsh economy an estimated £974m a year.  The e-Crime Wales partnership is not only helping to raise awareness of this problem but playing a key role in helping businesses tackle this very serious issue and I am delighted the work undertaken in Wales will be highlighted as an example of internet innovation.”

Fully aligned with the Welsh Government’s manifesto commitments of Digital Wales and the plans for a Business Crime unit, e-Crime Wales equips Welsh businesses with the knowledge and tools to be aware, vigilant, informed and ultimately safe from the destructive effects of e-Crime in all its forms.

A partnership of organisations and agencies committed to online vigilance, the initiative brings together bodies such as the four Welsh police forces, academia and the Welsh Government with private sector experts like KPMG , Morgan Cole and Federation of Small Businesses.

The Nominet Internet Awards, which aims to highlight organisations or individuals who have undertaken specific projects which raise Internet industry standards and showcase best practice, were reviewed by an independent panel of judges chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, and included Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International, Dr Vicki Nash at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics.

The awards are run in partnership with the Nominet Trust, a body which supports initiatives that contribute to a safe and accessible internet. The Awards highlights projects which are making the Internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all. Along with the winners in the other categories, the Welsh Government’s project will now be showcased at the next Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Kenya, and held up as a key example of Internet innovation from the UK, while bringing together, and improving, the global online community.

For the full list of winners, commended entries and videos from the ceremony, visit the Nominet Internet Awards website.

Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet says,

"Every year we’re impressed and inspired by the range and quality of entries to the Awards, and this year is no different. All the winners have demonstrated the amazing ways in British businesses, charities and individuals are using the internet to make a positive, tangible impact on British society. With so many innovative projects taking place all across the UK, we’re already looking forward to seeing what entries we receive in 2012.”

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