IUSN honoured for Niue initiatives

The IUSN Foundation which funds Internet Niue has been honoured by one of the world’s leading computer magazines and websites.

The Foundation was named as a laureate in the digital access category of Computerworld’s 2011 Honours Programme at a gala awards evening held last month in Washington, D.C.

“We are not only honoured but thrilled to be named as a laureate for 2011,” says Per Darnell, president of The IUSN Foundation. “We believe access to the internet is a human right and it is our continued goal to extend our work to enable internet access to other emerging nations in the future as we have done successfully for Niue.”

IUSN founder Bill Semich was presented with a medallion inscribed with the programme’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes,” at the awards evening.  The programme honours visionary and humanitarian applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic and educational change.

A panel of judges assessed case studies submitted by individuals and organisations showcasing their efforts to create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.

Following the awards ceremony, the case study based on The IUSN Foundation was included in the programme’s international archives.

The IUSN Foundation, based in Massachusetts USA, is internationally recognised as a leader in internet governance and has a mission of maintaining a free and open internet. It relies on a longstanding marketing partnership with WorldNames Inc, operator of the .NU domain name, to generate the funds needed to carry out its charitable missions.


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