Red Burns, professor, chief collaborations officer, and founder of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has been awarded a Special Achievement Webby Award by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The presentation will be made at the 15th Annual Webby Awards Gala June 13, 2011 in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Burns is being honored for her influential role as the founder of ITP, as a pioneer in the interactive media world, as a researcher uniting the worlds of science and art, as an educator, and as a true visionary. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and the mobile Web. The Academy, who nominate and select the Webby Award winners, comprises Web industry experts, including Internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, Arianna Huffington, Federated Media founder John Battelle and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
"This year's Webby Winners exemplify the type of profound effect the Internet is having on popular culture and the world at large," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "From Arcade Fire's reinvention of the music video format with The Wilderness Downtown, or the New York Times coverage of revolution in Egypt and the Middle East, the Internet is the driving force of change in the world today."