The U.S. dot-com fallout seems to have opened the door for other countries' Web sites to gain some recognition. Among the offshore winners of last week's 6th Annual Webby Awards were Australia's Lonely Planet Online (http://www.lonelyplanet.com) for travel and Canada's Looplabs (http://www.looplabs.com) for music. In all, 23 sites in 11 other nations earned nominations--up from 11 sites in five nations last year.
The stronger international presence may indicate that the Web is reconnecting with its roots as a medium for communication, activism, and information dispersal and distancing itself from the E-commerce obsession that gripped the United States, says Maya Draisin, executive director of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which bestows the awards.
Says Draisin, "It gives me hope that we'll see a whole new level of creativity."
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.