Dignity, Justice, and the Webbys

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Van Jones, whose work to end mass incarceration closely aligns with Vera’s mission, received a special achievement award for his use of the Internet and social media during the 2016 election, as well as for “The Messy Truth” video series.

Solange was recognized as the web’s Artist of the Year for leveraging the web to promote community and diversity through the Saint Heron website, her online collaborative platform and online store that seeks to foster racial and social justice.

It's clear that the web was a powerful force for social change in 2017. It could even be called a heroic year for the web because it made us more aware of what’s at stake—some of the very things the web was meant to enshrine: inclusion, diversity, democracy, truth. The Internet Archive, founders of the Wayback Machine, have made a mission of preserving the truth and making it accessible to all. They accepted, in great style, a Lifetime Achievement award for their commitment to making the world’s knowledge available online and providing universal access.

It's this combined spirit of social awareness and creative activism that is galvanized in the Webby. A spirit that Vera embodies. A spirit summed up in our requisite Webby “5-WordSpeech”: Dignity and Justice for All.