Press release 429/2006
Government Communications Unit
23.11.2006 15.00

Prime Minister's Awards for best information society practices

On Thursday, 23 November, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Susanna Huovinen presented prizes for best information society practices at the closing ceremony of the IST Conference at the Helsinki Fair Centre. The awards are part of the Government Information Society Programme.

The total sum of awards was EUR 35,000. The best practice in each category received an award of EUR 10,000. There was also a special prize of EUR 5,000. This year, there were three competition categories: new innovations; effectiveness and productivity; and application and promotion of data security.

In the “new innovations” category, the prize was presented to Kulutuskapula ry for its Consumer Gadget. In the “effectiveness and productivity” category, the prize was presented to the National Board of Taxes for a pre-completed income tax return form. In the “Application and promotion of data security” category, the prize was won by the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT for an SME Risk Management toolkit. In addition, the jury decided to present a special award for AddictionLink web service of the A-Clinic Foundation. A commendation was also presented in each category.

By the closing date the organisers had received 79 entries. By awarding prizes for best practices, the Government’s aim is to increase public awareness of existing good practices, promote the diffusion of the practices, and encourage innovativeness and further development of the practices.

The jury was chaired by Minister of Transport and Communications Susanna Huovinen. The other members of the jury were Reijo Aarnio, Data Protection Ombudsman (Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman), Jouni Keronen, Chief Information Officer (Fortum), Tarja Virmala, Managing Director (Federation of the Finnish Information Industries) and Reijo Svento, Managing Director (Finnish Federation for Communications and Teleinformatics, FiCom).

Further information: Katrina Harjuhahto-Madetoja, Programme Director, tel. +358 9 1602 2363 and Heikki Vienola, Rapporteur, tel. +358 9 1602 2217, Prime Minister’s Office