International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
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The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences or IADAS is an international organization founded in 1998 in New York City to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive and new media.
The Academy selects the Nominees and Winners for The Webby Awards and The Lovie Awards, the leading honors for websites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. Presented by The Academy, The Webbys and The Lovies recognize excellence in interactive creativity, establishing best practices on a yearly basis, and thus pushing the standards of web development continually higher  According to the IADAS website, their purpose is:
- To recognize and acknowledge excellence in interactive content across emerging technologies 
- To connect a diverse group of luminaries to facilitate growth and development in the digital arts and sciences 
- To educate industry professionals and the public-at-large about what is relevant, making technology accessible
- and integrating it into the general culture
In 2011, IADAS pinpointed five challenges the internet faces in the next five years in response to the exponential growth of the internet and its users. As the internet grows more complex, the ways in which it functions grows less transparent and "as the Internet enters its fourth decade, the IADAS believes the next five years must see improvements in privacy protection, copyright law, net neutrality, the open web and Internet security."
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The Lovie Awards is the European counterpart to the Webby's, which honor contributions and contributors to the internet and digital media. Work in many languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian and German, may be entered for consideration.
- IADAS, "International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2013-02-28., Retrieved 28 February 2013
- Smith, Catharine, "The Internet's Top 5 Challenges in the Next 5 Years: IADAS". The Huffington Post, , 20 Jan 2011, Retrieved 28 Feb 2013
- The Lovie Awards, , Retrieved 28 Feb 2013