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“VPNReviewz has always maintained a policy of advocating of privacy, security, and anonymity, on the internet; it’s the basis of our business,” explains Michael Maxstead, CEO of VPNReviewz. He also privately consults with individuals and enterprises on internet security and privacy concerns. He continues, “And when one of the VPNReviewz staff suggested a 'Good guys/Bad guys' list to help people determine exactly who is doing the best and most effective work in the interests of keeping the internet a completely unfettered society.”
He says that at first he was a little reluctant to point fingers and name names. VPNReviewz wants to maintain a less radical reputation, but Maxstead says that, “increasing reports of governments and corporations invading into people's private lives,” motivated his decision to start this new annual awards presentation. “We hope the new 'Annual VPNReviewz Allied And Enemies Awards' will help to focus both the critical attention and the praise to the correct individuals, corporations, and governments.” He says that the awards will attempt to focus mainly on the “Praise” aspect of the presentations, but the “Enemies” will certainly not be ignored. “For our first awards though, we've only listed three categories for the 'Allies' and three for the 'Enemies,' but we are already making plans for our second year.”
The announcement on VPNReviewz gives the reader more of the motivations behind the awards, then goes into the awards. The three categories for the Allied groups are: Top Political Allied, Internet Citizenship, and Corporate Internet Citizenship. The three categories for the Enemies Of The Internet are: Enemy Of The State, Enemy To The Internet, and Enemy To The People. Almost predictably, Edward Snowden and the publications that assisted him won awards, but not as predictably, Spamhaus for their cyber-attack actions earlier this year. Among the Enemies were, (predictably,) the US NSA agency, Theresa May, (Communications Data Bill,) and Recep Erdogan for calling social media “a menace to society.”
“For the first few years, I'm sure there will not be a shortage of candidates for both lists, and we are intending to increase the number of awards categories.” The CEO says. The way the CEO plans to add award categories to the list is via the VPNReviewz readership. He explains, “Public input for the categories will keep the awards interesting.” His plan also includes allowing the readers to make candidate nominations. When asked about this particular, he said, “This potentially be more than just interesting, it may get downright hilarious,” but promises that every nomination and category suggestion will be considered. Suggestions are being taken through their "Contact Us" page.
Asked about further future possibilities for the awards, Mr. Maxstead said, “If the awards prove to be highly popular, then individual presentations, (on the website,) could be made in separate announcements, with short bios or more detail about the activities of the person, company, or government.” He then adds that an endorsement from VPNReviewz “could possibly be a valuable public relations tool...for the Allied, but a negative endorsement, from anybody, not just VPNReviewz, always hurts...” He ends the statement with “100 good endorsements can be ruined by a single negative statement.”