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Winning Web Sites

June 01, 2009

The Information Networking Institute (INI) and Carnegie Mellon CyLab won awards of distinction in the 2009 Communicator Awards, an annual competition among advertising, public relations and corporate communication professionals. The awards give special recognition to two Carnegie Mellon Web sites that focus on cyber programs and initiatives.

The INI's department Web site earned a silver among Interactive projects for the School/University category. The newly renovated site reaches a diverse audience of prospective students, current students, alumni, industry partners and university personnel and describes the INI's global graduate programs in information networking, information security and information technology. It features up-to-date news stories and images about students and alumni, integrates a variety of social media applications to bring together community members worldwide, and hosts an interactive campus map that caters to INI students in Pittsburgh. 

The Carnegie Cyber Academy Web site earned two silvers among Interactive projects for the Education and Children's Audience categories. As a companion to The MySecureCyberspace Game and portal, the site aims to engage and educate upper elementary school children in topics about Internet safety and computer security. It features online mini-games, supplemental educational material related to the Game, and an ongoing storyline based on the Game, as narrated through character blogs on the site. The site offers The MySecureCyberspace Game as a free download.

"I am extremely proud of the creativity of our staff," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the INI and Director of Education, Training and Outreach for CyLab. "The INI site embodies our department's unique global community, and the Carnegie Cyber Academy has broken the mold of delivering Internet safety and computer security education to children. The recognition of our staff is well-deserved."

Both Web sites were launched in 2008. Web team members included the following INI and CyLab staff under the direction of Dena Haritos Tsamitis: Christa Jones, Ames Kraemer, Yuki Izena-Vandepel, Ann Lyon Ritchie, and Dave Doyle. 

About The Communicator Awards:
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year's Communicator Awards received over 7,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.