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JD Falk Award

Nominations for the October 2015 award must be submitted by August 28, 2015.

Previous Winners:  The 2014 J.D. Falk Award was received by The Open Resolver Project founder Jared Mauch, a network engineer at NTT Communications Global IP Network, a business unit of NTT America. Along with recently added programs The Open NPT Project and The Open SNMP Project, his volunteer efforts help the online community identify millions of servers with open DNS settings that could be commandeered in DDoS and spoofing attacks. Hear Jared explain how it works in his acceptance video shown at the M3AAWG 32nd General Meeting in Boston on Oct. 21, 2014.

The 2013 J.D. Falk Award was presented to UAB’s Director of Research in Computer Forensics Gary Warner for his work in developing the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research. 

The inaugural J.D. Falk Award was presented on October 23, 2012 to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Thomas X. Grasso for his work in creating the DNS Changer Working Group and protecting millions of end-users from losing access to the Web.

Information:  The M3AAWG J.D. Falk Award seeks to recognize people who are committed to a better online world.  Nominees will have demonstrated dedication to improving the Internet experience and protecting end-users.

The award seeks to recognize efforts for a particularly meritorious item of work rather than recognizing a lifetime of achievement. (The M3AAWG Mary Litynsky Award honors lifetime achievement.)

Examples of worthy accomplishments to be considered for the J.D. Falk Award include developing a service, authoring a specification or related documentation, inventing a security mechanism or other technology, mentoring a community, or pursuing notable research. The work can be in an academic or corporate context and can be an individual, group or institutional effort.  Simply put, M3AAWG wants to recognize cool work that reduces online abuse and improves the Internet.

The recipient must also embody the spirit of J.D.'s volunteerism and community building. The J.D. Falk Award winners have a vigilant eye on the broader perspective of Internet systems and communities and call upon thoughtful humor when things get tough.

The general public can submit nominations from the online anti-abuse community at large by completing the form below.  The award includes an honorarium underwritten by J.D.’s employer, Return Path Inc.  M3AAWG will also sponsor the winning candidate's attendance at a M3AAWG General Meeting where the award will be presented.

The J.D. Falk Award is administered by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) with the participation of Return Path Inc. and the Falk family.

(independent consultants or researchers are acceptable)