Imagining the Internet Center named Computerworld Laureate

Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center has been named a laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program. Computerworld Honors, founded in 1998 is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

The Imagining the Internet Center is a laureate in the education and training category of the awards, and was chosen from more than 1,000 nominations. The laureates in this year’s Computerworld Honors come from 23 countries. All laureates will gather June 20 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, for a black-tie awards ceremony and gala celebration. Laureates’ achievements are recognized publicly at this ceremony, and recipients will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes.”

In addition, at the ceremony, five laureates in each of the 11 categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award, based on judging by an exclusive panel of peers. One finalist in each category will then be named a 21st Century Achievement Award winner. These honors will be announced on site at the event. The Laureates case studies will be also be inducted into the program’s International Archives online and featured online at

The Imagining the Internet Center ( is an initiative of Elon University’s School of Communications. The center’s research holds a mirror to humanity’s use of communications technologies, informs policy development, exposes potential futures and provides a historic record. Among the spectrum of issues addressed are power, politics, privacy, property, augmented and virtual reality, control and the rapid changes spurred by accelerating technology. Imagining the Internet has teamed with the Pew Internet Project to complete a number of research studies under the direction of Janna Quitney Anderson, associate professor of communications.

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (

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