Bits of Freedom Wins Ziggo Open Society Award

Moving towards safer internet
Bits of Freedom Wins Ziggo Open Society Award
Publ. date 25 nov 2013
In 2010 Ziggo established the Ziggo Prize for the Open Society as a stimulus for safer internet. The initiative that has made the biggest contribution towards a transparent and safe internet wins the prize. The prize is awarded annually by an independent jury. This year, the Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom has proudly won the Ziggo Open Society Award.

Digital freedom by Bits of Freedom

Bits of Freedom is the Dutch digital rights organization, focusing on privacy and communications freedom in the digital age. The NGO was established in 2000 and it stands up for consumer freedom and privacy on the internet. Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, on a national and a European level and is one of the founders and a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).

Other finalists included NoXqs and Internet Protection Lab. According to the jury both organizations fulfill also a major role in the Dutch (open) society.

The jury motivated its selection of the winner by stating: "The focus that Bits of Freedom puts on protecting civil rights on the internet will continue to increase, and remain important, in the coming years.”

Accessibility of information: a key-issue for the media sector

Bernard Dijkhuizen, CEO of Ziggo, presented the award, a trophy and €15,000 at the Annual Ziggo Congres to Tim Toornvliet of Bits of Freedom. Mr. Dijkhuizen: “The Dutch society is well on its way to realize the ideal of an open society and that the quality, availability and accessibility of information and the digitisation required to facilitate, will play a huge role in preserving and fostering such an open society.”

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