The Internet Society Recognizes 25 Under 25

Twenty-five young people honored for using the Internet to make a

GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Internet Society today announced the awardees of its 25
under 25 program
. One of the many initiatives supporting the
Internet Society’s 25th Anniversary, the program recognizes 25 young
people from around the globe who are passionate about using the Internet
to make a positive impact in their communities and the world.

Representing 19 countries on five continents, the 25 Under 25 awardees’
initiatives include creating an anti-cyberbullying youth movement in
Australia, providing e-health education to teens in Tanzania, and using
ICTs to break the cycle of poverty for families in Costa Rica.

While their individual accomplishments are noteworthy in their own
right, together these 25 awardees highlight how today’s youth are
helping to shape the future. As Kathryn Brown, Internet Society
President and CEO, notes, “their efforts have a tremendous impact,
creating new ways of socializing, mobilizing and organizing in a digital
world. By recognizing these individuals, we aim to inspire other young
people around the world to become actors of change and use the Internet
for social good.”

The 25 Under 25 awardees will be formally recognized at a special
ceremony on Monday, 18 September in Los Angeles, California.

For profiles of each awardee, please visit:

25 Under 25 Awardees
Mr. Adam Galloway (United Kingdom) –
Protecting online freedom of expression
Mr. Akah Harvey N
(Cameroon) – Detecting and predicting road accidents
Mr. Akshay
Makar (India) – Creating sustainable livelihoods with online crafts
Alec Foster (United States) – Strengthening student movements through
digital activism
Mr. Ash Ball (Australia) – Anti-cyberbullying
youth movement
Ms. Asha Abbas (Tanzania) – Providing health
education to adolescents
Mr. Augusto Mathurin (Argentina) –
Creating virtual spaces for collaborative participation
Mr. Biddemu
Bazil Mwotta (Uganda) – Connecting local farmers with buyers
Bidyabati Meher (India) – Digitising a cultural tradition for sustained
Ms. Cintia Padilla (Honduras) – Teaching computer skills
to local youth
Mr. Diego Cordova (Guatemala) – Enabling access to
educational materials
Ms. Farah Abdi (Somalia) – Giving voice to
refugee and LGBT issues
Mr. James Beaumont (United Kingdom) –
Building online communities of support
Ms. Jazmin Fallas Kerr
(Costa Rica) – Lifting families out of poverty
Ms. Juma Baldeh
(Gambia) – Improving gender balance among web users
Ms. Kate Ekanem
(Nigeria) – Empowering girls through education and literacy
Kate Green (United Kingdom) – Protecting the data of online health
Ms. Linda Patiño (Colombia) – Advancing human rights
through ICTs
Mr. Mariano Gomez (Mexico) – Connecting an isolated
Ms. Mary Helda Akongo (Uganda) – Using technology to
empower Ugandan women
Mr. Naitik Mehta (India) – Connecting people
with disabilities to employment opportunities
Mr. Nilay Kulkarni
(India) – Helping make large gatherings safer
Ms. Paula Côrte Real
(Brazil) – Promoting safe and responsible Internet for youth
Poornima Meegammana (Sri Lanka) – Preventing cyber-harassment of teenage
Mr. Valentinos Tzekas (Greece) – Using AI to identify fake

Honorable Mention Recipients
Ms. Makkiya Jawed (Pakistan) –
Raising awareness about e-health solutions
Mr. Parker Woods (United
States) – Delivering Internet connectivity in the Arctic
Ms. Radwa
Hamed Soliman (Egypt) – Providing employment opportunities for refugees

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a
non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development,
evolution, and use of the Internet. Working through a global community
of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad
range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe
and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The
Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF).


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