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Nominations for the October 2018 award must be submitted by August 24, 2018 using the form below.

The 2017 M3AAWG J.D. Falk Award was presented to Germany's Lower Saxony Chief Police Inspector Jörn Bisping and Senior Prosecutor Frank Lange at the M3AAWG 41st General Meeting in Toronto, Canada on October 4, 2017 for their work in orchestrating the Avlanche takedown affecting users in every country of the world.  They explain the five-year process they went through to investigate the cybercrime and organize the takedown that involved multiple countries late last year in this video.  Also view the videos of previous recipients and their exceptional projects that have helped create a safer Internet for all of us.

Please use the form below for 2017 award submissions.

The M3AAWG J.D. Falk Award seeks to recognize people who are committed to making 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.

(independent consultants or researchers are acceptable)