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April 18, 2014
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Webby Special Achievement Awards

The Webby Special Achievement Awards will be presented by the Academy at the 9th Annual Webby Awards on June 6th in New York City. All of the Special Achievement Award winners are scheduled to attend to receive their honors.

The Webby Lifetime Achievement Award: Former Vice President Al Gore

Setting the record straight on one of recent history's most persistent political myths, The Webby Awards will present Former Vice President Al Gore with The Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the pivotal role he has played in the development of the internet over the past three decades. Vint Cerf, widely credited as one of the "fathers of the internet," will present Vice President Gore with the award.

Webby Person of the Year: Craig Newmark of craigslist

In 2004, craigslist tipped over from a popular online bulletin board and community to a global cultural phenomenon. Founded ten years ago by Craig Newmark as a way to keep friends up to date on events in the Bay Area, craigslist today helps more than 8 million people in nearly 120 cities and 21 countries find jobs, apartments, and lovers. Over the past year, craiglist has expanded internationally, launching local sites in cities around the globe including New York, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Bangalore. Newmark is living proof that an organization can be wildly successful while remaining true to its mission of providing a free community service.

The Webby Artist of the Year: The Kleptones

Acclaimed British band The Kleptones are using the web to pioneer not only a new musical genre, but also to create innovative new ways to promote and distribute music online. Taking the art of "mash-up" - the digital remixing of samples, music, and vocals from different artists - to a new level, the Kleptones' celebrated album, "A Night at the Hip-Hopera," became a global sensation thanks to free distribution on the web and enthusiastic promotion from bloggers around the world.

The Webby Breakout of the Year Award: Flickr

Founded by Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield, Flickr is pioneering innovative new way for people to share and organize photos. Flickr embodies many of the most exciting trends shaping the future of the internet - from "tagging" and moblogging to grassroots copyright reform and social networking. By unleashing the social potential of digital photos, Flickr is changing the way we converse, commune, and organize online and off.

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