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NoScript wins grant

NLnet congratulates NoScript for winning 2011 Security Innovation Grant

The Dragon Research Group (DRG) has announced that the 2011 Security Innovation Grant award goes to NoScript, a unique and popular browser extension that helps limit security and privacy threats. The award is given to the most innovative project in the area of information security. This award recognizes and supports novel projects providing non-commercial and open-source solutions to Internet security challenges.

NLnet Foundation wants to congratulate the development team of NoScript, and project lead developer Giorgio Maone, in particular. "In the modern web we are now at a point where complete operating systems have been shown to run wholly inside the browser," says Michiel Leenaars, director of strategy at NLnet foundation. "Combine that with the fact that the web was not primarily designed for security but grew from openness and extensibility, and you will come to the conclusion that the protection offered by NoScript is essential if we want to keep control over our own devices. With the world population adopting and partially moving to mobile devices, this becomes even more urgent" NoScript is a GPL-licensed project that has been the recipient of two development grants from NLnet.

The Security Innovation Grant is a private initiative from the Dragon Research Group, and the winner of the award is chosen by an independent selection committee drawn from the DRG Advisory Council. The selection committee is supported by input from an independent review committee made up of industry experts from the information security community. Award candidate submissions are open to the public with the review committee evaluating submissions according to the award guidelines and project criteria.

Upon learning of NoScript's selection as this year's award winner, Giorgio Maone, the NoScript project leader thanked the selection committee for recognizing NoScript. "This is a great honor and a spur to keep making the Web a safer place. I feel the urge to thank the committee for recognizing NoScript as a pioneering force in browser security, and the community of contributors, researchers, translators, beta testers, and loyal users who keep this project alive day after day." On his personal blog, Giorgio went on to describe specific development plans and goals for NoScript in the coming months.

Patrick Green, DRG Advisory Council Chair and Manager of Networks and Telecommunications at the University of Warwick, speaking on behalf of the selection committee said "It has been a great pleasure to be involved with this very important grant fund - we had a very strong list of candidates for the grant, and it was very difficult to chose a recipient. I'm personally pleased to congratulate NoScript, and help them to continue the good work they do helping end users secure their systems."

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