Why Internet Association’s Nika Nour is passionate

The Internet Association's Nika Nour talks about protecting Internet freedom and filling the creativity void in Capitol Hill.

‘The Internet is no longer just Silicon Valley. It’s everywhere,’ Nika Nour says. Credit: Internet Association

As digital director of the Internet Association, Nika Nour represents Internet companies and seeks to protect users.

“The Internet is no longer just Silicon Valley,” said Nour who was the Internet Association’s first hire. “It’s everywhere from rural small businesses of Arkansas to the metropolitan cities of New York.”

The Internet Association was named the Best Association Website of the 18th Annual Webby Awards in May. Founded just 18 months ago, the association represents 24 major Internet companies and includes Google, Amazon, Yahoo and Facebook.

It “has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

Nour clearly has passion for freedom on the Internet.

“We are the sword for Internet users, but we’re also the shield for Internet companies. We want to represent the interests of both sides. It’s really about fostering innovation and empowering users to understand that we’re here for you,” Nour said.

Nour said Congress doesn’t consider the Internet to be a priority in relation to public policy, which the Internet Association is seeking to change. In her five-word Webby acceptance speech, she said, “Dear Congress, protect Internet freedom.”

“We want to provide tools for users to tell Congress why it’s important and how the Internet economy impacts every sector,” she said.

Nour said creativity in Washington is “null and void,” but her Dell desktop empowered her to be creative when she worked on Capitol Hill.

“The Dell machine gave me the power to be the ultimate content creator in Washington on Capitol Hill, which is unheard of,” she said.

The Webby Awards, which was established in 1996, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. The Webby Awards received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide this year. Sponsors and partners of the event include Dell, Funny or Die, AdAge and Mashable.

Megan Anderle
Megan Anderle is a journalist based in northern New Jersey who writes about technology, business, and sustainability. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Forbes, and The Record.
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