Security & Privacy
WINNER: Aura RedEye Security
Aura RedEye Security has created a new service “Redshield” that provides rapid-response defences to vulnerable websites. The judges said that Redshield goes one step further than simply monitoring, reporting and providing advice. This new service scans their customers’ websites and networks on a daily basis hunting for security holes as well as providing rapid-response defences against the issues that were found.
The judges believe that Aura RedEye has identified an important need and has shown commendable initiative in filling it.
Highly Commended: New Zealand Internet Task Force
The New Zealand Internet Task Force is a non-profit organisation with the mission of improving the cyber security posture of New Zealand. It is a forum based on mutual trust for debate, networking, information sharing, and collaboration on matters relating to the cyber security of New Zealand.
The judges agreed that through its’ initiatives to enhance the capabilities of the security community, they contribute to a safer online environment for New Zealand businesses and individuals.
The development of this organisation on an almost entirely volunteer basis is testament to the genuine desire of its members and board to improve the cyber security situation of all New Zealanders.
Internet Access & Digital Skills
WINNER: 2020 Communications Trust
The 2020 Communications Trust is a not-for-profit that was established to enable New Zealanders to participate in a digital world.
The judges felt that they stood out from the other entries because of their programs of active engagement in their communities. Not only has this organisation have a track record of achieving digital inclusion through innovative programs and initiatives, their response to the earthquake in Christchurch was of particular interest.
Their Stepping UPbus winning initiative delivered internet access to thousands of citizens, particularly in Christchurch by equipping a bus with laptops as a mobile digital learning centre and travelling to participants’ streets on a regular schedule as well as being available for school and community use. In addition to the digital skills training, it provides opportunities for families without internet connections in their home to have access to the Internet and have helped empowered residents, particularly those impacted by the recent earthquakes.
WINNER: GNS Science
GNS Science is a Crown Research Institute owned by the New Zealand government and is New Zealand’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. They apply their scientific knowledge from the atomic to the planetary scale to create wealth, protect the environment, and improve the safety of people.
The judges agreed that their GeoNet Rapid initiative is of critical public importance in New Zealand. The project makes earthquake information available rapidly – within 5 minutes – through the web and is being used extensively by third party applications including smart phone apps.
The importance of the initiative to scientists, geologists, communities and at a personal level is very significant. It has helped citizens to engage with and understand what the earthquake data is telling us. Whilst the judges believe the data and information has undoubted relevance to the international scientific community, it is at the individual and personal level that it is probably most significant.
Highly Commended: Land Information New Zealand
Land Information New Zealand is the government agency responsible for managing property rights, location-based information and Crown land in New Zealand. The judges agreed that they delivered on its goal of opening up data and information for reuse and repurposing with their LINZ Data Service.
The LINZ Data Service provides New Zealand Geospatial data that has multiple applications with clear economic and social benefits and is an excellent model for land and geospatial data services in other countries.
Datasets made available through this service include New Zealand topographic, hydrographic, survey, title, street address and geodetic datasets: all of which are essential spatial infrastructure in a world where location-based information is changing the way we work, live and play.
This organisation has made the information available online for anyone, anywhere to download, use and share for free.
Internode is a national broadband provider and, in 2011, became the first broadband company in Australia to offer IPv6 as a standard service.
The judges agreed that Internode shows clear leadership in the industry and are a deserving winner of this years’ IPv6 Award.
The launch of native IPv6 connectivity for all of their new customers, means these customers no longer making any distinction between IPv4 and IPv6 services. The judges see this to be a major step forward in the seamless delivery of IP services for its customers and, as such, provides an exemplar for ISPs in Australasia.
This organisation participated in World IPv6 Launch and achieved around 2.5% IPv6 traffic, which is more than double the target set by the Launch organiser.
Highly Commended: Studentnet
Studentnet specialises in Internet services to Australian schools and has created an IPv6 collaborative network for schools based on delivering IPv6 networking infrastructure into the school environment. The judges felt it was quite encouraging to learn that students could enable IPv6 access in their campus networks on World IPv6 Day in 2011 and the World IPv6 Launch in 2012.
The judges agreed that Studentnet has been a pioneer in the use of IPv6 technology for several years and should be rewarded for its’ efforts to educate “next generation” end users with new IP protocol and also Internet security issues.
WINNER: Hika Group
Hika Group is a group of friends and whanau who come from 7 different families representing 7 different Indigenous language perspectives (English, Maori, Chinese, Irish, Samoan, Cook Islands and Nulean). They create technology as an empowerment tool for language learning and communication.
The judges agreed that they produce translation-communication products that have potential to migrate to other languages and is significant for its global use and appeal.
Their products encourage and support expressions of cultural diversity and identity through the promotion of multilingualism and Indigenous cultures using mobile touch devices and online systems.
The judges believe their English-Maori translation project is one that has an edge and goes much further than a standard online dictionary. The app is interactive, fun and accessible for the younger generation and encourages learning of phrases rather than individual words, making it more user-friendly than a standard dictionary for beginners.
Highly Commended: Cultural Infusion
Cultural Infusion is a social enterprise that works across education, youth, communities and the arts to promote cultural harmony and wellbeing for a more cohesive and richer society. The judges agreed that they provide a great initiative that encourages learning about cultural diversity through the accessible medium of music, with the added benefit of improving users’ IT skills.They were impressed by the easy-to-navigate website and clear instructions for use as well as the fact that it is free and immediately accessible to everyone, with no extra software downloads required.
The judges said that it is a creative and cutting edge initiative that makes a significant contribution to both cultural and music education. The fact that it has already been used by over 1 million students speaks to its success.One of the judges says that it is a shining example of a “virtual classroom” allowing students to share their creation with classmates and even students at other schools online.
WINNER: National Library of Australia
The National Library of Australia is an Australian government agency whose role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.
The judges agreed that their “Trove” initiative provides a fun, slick, dynamic discovery experience for the user. The initiative is a terrific resource for professional and amateur social researchers.
The initiative is a single point of access that takes its users to the source of over 303 million resources from almost 2,000 libraries and other cultural institutions around Australia as well as international digital collections of relevance. Content includes fully-text digitized Australian newspapers and journals, full text transcripts of selected ABC current-affairs programs and oral history recordings. It is unique as it allows users interactive ownership of the resources as it is the only site that allows the general public access to correct the electronically translated text of the digitized newspapers as well as add comments, tags, lists and merge and split works. It’s collation of social historical information makes it an important social resource.
Highly Commended: Australian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII)
AUSTLII is Australia’s most popular online free-access public library of Australasian legal information, serving the public, education, government and commercial sectors, providing over 500 separate databases of primary and secondary legal information.
The judges agreed that their LawCite initiative, an automatically generated case citatory, provides a great time saver for finding citations, cutting down potentially long hours of legal research time and allows fast focused case research. The initiative is a great example of cross-border collaboration as it allows deep citation searching across different source types such as decisions & journal articles.
The judges believe the simple and free database is incredibly powerful and an excellent resource for legal practitioners, scholars and lay people alike.