Council Website Honored With International Online Community’s Top Accolade

May 2, 2002

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May 02, 2002 – The Webby Awards, the leading international honors for websites, has nominated the Council’s website,, for a Webby Award in the category of Best Government & Law website of 2002, providing information and services pertaining to legal and government matters.

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Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a celebration of "sites that pave important paths to the Internet’s next phase," The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a diverse, 350-person organization whose membership includes film director Francis Ford Coppola, musicians David Bowie and Beck, cyber guru Esther Dyson, CEO of Real Networks Rob Glaser, Chef Julia Child, and Electronic Frontier Foundation Founder John Perry Barlow.

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"The Webby Awards showcase the best of what the Internet has to offer in terms of innovation, creativity and originality," said Maya Draisin, Executive Director of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. "A website’s nomination for a Webby Award is a testament to its great contributions in pushing the Internet envelope." The Sixth Annual Webby Awards will take place this year on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, is also eligible to win a People’s Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 29 to June 7th at People’s Voice Award winners will be announced on during the Webby Awards Ceremony on June 18.

The Council, with the help of multimedia design firm Tree Media (, has overhauled its public website, making it streamlined and easier to navigate. “Highlights,” located in the middle section of the home page, include all the latest happenings at the Council. This area features meeting transcripts, information regarding the latest task force reports and polls, new fellows and appointments, and other topics of interest. The icons on the right side of the home page are links that take you to other Council-sponsored websites, like Foreign Affairs and the Council’s Online Encyclopedia of Terrorism.

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