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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is one of four nominees for the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) Internet Hero award for 2013.

The Liberal Democrats leader has been shortlisted for the role he played in preventing the communications data bill from reaching the statute books.

Mr Clegg withdrew support for the proposed legislation - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - in April, meaning it is unlikely the bill will succeed in its current form.

Fellow MP Julian Huppert has also received a nomination for ISPA's Internet Hero award, for leading political opposition to the same bill.

The third nominee is Edward Snowdon, who has been recognised for exposing the PRISM surveillance project being run by the US government.

And Spamhaus - the IT security organisation - makes the shortlist after fighting off a significant global distributed denial-of-service attack in the spring.

ISPA Secretary-General Nicholas Lansman noted that the Internet Hero award is "one of the most anticipated categories" at the ISPAs.

"Given what has happened in the last year, it is no surprise that surveillance dominates this year’s shortlists," he stated.

"Thank you to members of the public for their suggestions and I look forward to finding out who wins on the night."

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