HomeEventsM3AAWG Mary Litynski Award

Nominations for the 2018 award must be submitted by December 31, 2017 using the form below.

The 2017 Mary Litynski Award was presented to Michael "Mick" Moran, assistant director, Vulnerable Communities Unit, INTERPOL for over twenty years of rescuing victims of child abuse material and building international cooperation working against CAM. The award was presented at the M3AAWG 39th General Meeting in San Francisco on February 21, 2017.  We also applaud the previous M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award recepients who are outstanding individuals dedicated to protecting end-users.

Please us the form below for 2018 award submissions.

In 2010 the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and the Internet industry as a whole lost a great friend and supporter, Mary Litynski. Her dedication, excellence, perseverance and tireless work behind the scenes of M3AAWG helped make the organization the success that it is today. She will be deeply missed by us all.
To constantly remind us all of her hard work and dedication, M3AAWG has created an annual award that will recognize the life-time achievements of an individual who has significantly contributed to making the Internet safer for all, reflecting that same work ethic and dedication.
The M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award will be presented at our annual San Francisco meeting, which has become one of the industry’s best-attended messaging anti-abuse events. The winner will be honored at the event where the accomplishment will be described to attendees, the recognized work will be summarized on the M3AAWG website, and it will be shared with the press.
Through this award, M3AAWG seeks to bring attention to the remarkable work that is done far from the public eye over a significant period of time -- work undertaken by dedicated and driven individuals for the greater good. In doing so, we continue to honor the commitment and legacy of our good friend Mary.
Award Criteria:

  • The nominated person has made a significant contribution to reducing spam, fighting bots or malware, or safeguarding other aspects of online messaging over a significant period.
  • The person's work can be related to messaging on any platform, including mobile devices and social networks.
  • The person's work can be related to a particular country or it can be global in scope.
  • The nominated body of work can be technical, related to public policy, or be educational in nature. In the final analysis, end-users should be safer as a result of the endeavors.
  • The recognized work contributes to building and maintaining a trusted environment for online messaging. 

To nominate an industry professional or to be considered yourself, please complete the form below.

We are now accepting submissions for the award to be presented at the February 2017 M3AAWG in San Francisco.