Naming and shaming was at its finest last night as the Big Brother awards were presented to Britain's worst by Privacy International. The winners included British Gas, the US VISIT fingerprinting programme, and the British Minister for Children, see the articles below for details.
It's hard to measure conclusive success for these awards, as no doubt the winners will pretend to shrug their shoulders and carry on their evil works. But it seems to give some pause for thought: I bumped into a couple of people there who were potential winners, and even though not directly addressed by this year's lists, there was an almost masochistic sense of wanting to see and experience that which was beyond the pale. So I'd conclude that there is a significant knock-on effect - companies know of and are scared of the awards.
It occurrs to me that there is room for an award or two in our field. Maybe not FC, which is too small and fragmented as a discipline ... but certainly in the application of cryptography itself.
Negative awards could include
Positive awards also should be given. I'd suggest:
I'm sure there are lots of other ideas. What we need is a credible but independent crypto / infosec body to mount and deal such an award. Any takers?
Here's a couple of articles on the awards, FTR: