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The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has announced the shortlist for its Internet Hero Award 2014.

Every year, ISPA recognises the contribution made by individuals, businesses, organisations and other entities in promoting the internet as a force for good.

In 2013, Dr Julian Huppert MP won the award for his opposition to the controversial communications data bill, which raised concerns over online 'snooping'.

This year there are four nominations, including the Guardian newspaper - which has been shortlisted for its reporting of mass surveillance programmes - and Internet Matters - for its online safety campaign.

Also up for the award is the Independent Networks Co-operative Association - which has been promoting the use of alternative networks - and the Public Accounts Committee - for holding the government to account over its ongoing broadband rollout.

ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said that although the Internet Hero award is light-hearted, it shows the importance of getting online policy right.

"Surveillance, privacy and getting fast internet are vital for the country, with the internet a huge driver of growth," he stated. "I look forward to finding out who wins on July 10th."

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