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10th Year of IP3 Awards: Who Should Win?

May 8, 2013

The 10th Annual IP3 Awards are coming up on October 9th, 2013! Who do you think deserves IP3 Awards this year?


This
is an exciting time for the public interest community and tech policy! 

Over
the last year, we have celebrated winning court decisions such as the Aereo
case and Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, and we have continued to stand up
net neutrality rules when we forced AT&T to step back from its blocking of
Facetime.  From bringing about a
balanced discussion around copyright reform following the dark days of
SOPA/PIPA, to carrying the torch for the social contract of the Communications
Act in discussions over the PSTN transition, to introducing DC to innovative
new technologies like 3D printing, we are the thought leaders and activists who
are leading the way forward. 

Public
Knowledge’s IP3 awards are a special occasion to honor those who have made
significant contributions in the three areas of “IP”—intellectual
property, information policy and Internet protocol.   

This year will be the
tenth year PK has made the awards, and now it’s time for you to submit
nominations. They can be for a career’s worth of work, or for a more recent
accomplishment. It’s up to you.

Winners
in 2012 were Rep. Darrell Issa, New America Foundation’s Rebecca MacKinnon,
Michael Masnick of TechDirt, and longtime public interest leader and attorney
Andy Schwartzman.

Recipients
from past years include Senator Ron Wyden and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Ben Scott, then
with Free Press, Fred von Lohmann, then with the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, members of the band OK Go!; professor Tim Wu; Blake and Jason
Krikorian, founders of Sling Media; Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked: The
Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.”

Here’s
how it works:

  • Send in your nomination to this
    email address: ip3nominees@publicknowledge.org
  • Give us the name of your
    nominee and a short explanation for why you think your nominee should win.
  • We’ll pass along that
    information to a panel of judges who will narrow down the list of nominees
    to three winners.

This
year’s judges will be:

  • Leslie Harris, President &
    CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Sally Shipman Wentworth, Senior
    Director, Strategic Public Policy, Internet Society
  • Andrew McLaughlin, CEO, Digg
    and Senior VP, Betaworks
  • Joe Torres, Senior External
    Affairs Director, Free Press
  • Christopher Lewis, VP for
    Government Affairs, Public Knowledge

Please make your nominations by June 3. You can see a list of past
winners here.  This year’s winners will be recognized
at the 10th Annual IP3 Awards on October 9, 2013. 


About Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis is President and CEO at Public Knowledge. Prior to being elevated to President and CEO, Chris served for as PK’s Vice President from 2012 to 2019 where he led the organization’s day-to-day advocacy and political strategy on Capitol Hill and at government agencies. During that time he also served as a local elected official, serving two terms on the Alexandria City Public School Board. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance and represents Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). Before joining Public Knowledge, Chris worked in the Federal Communications Commission Office of Legislative Affairs, including as its Deputy Director. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over 18 years of political organizing and advocacy experience, including serving as Virginia State Director at GenerationEngage, and working as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign and other roles throughout the campaign. Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government and lives in Alexandria, VA where he continues to volunteer and advocate on local civic issues.