IPv4.Global, an operating unit of Hilco Streambank, recently announced the finalists for the next installment of their IPv4.Global Good Netizen Awards (GNAs). These awards, coinciding with the San Francisco, CA meeting of NANOG 75, which takes place February 18-20, 2019, honors three organizations serving the local San Francisco community: ShelterTech, The Linux Foundation and Girls in Tech.

IPv4.Global, the leading IPv4 address broker serving clients in every region, developed the Good Netizen Awards to recognize and celebrate organizations across the U.S. that are promoting or demonstrating exceptional “netizenship” throughout their community. For IPv4.Global, great netizenship can take many forms, including engagement in the encouragement of internet access for all, supporting and funding internet and technology education or contributing to open and ethical internet business practices.

Good Netizen Awards winners are selected via an online vote, which opened on Tuesday, February 12 and will conclude on Sunday, February 24. The winning organization and runner-up will receive contributions in the amount of one percent of the IPv4 online auction platform’s gross sales from March 4 through March 10. The award will be divided proportionately according to the number of votes each finalist organization receives.

The finalists chosen for the San Francisco awards represent a range of charitable, beneficial and truly constructive contributions to the online and technological world.

ShelterTech is a nonprofit organization working to empower those experiencing homelessness by creating access to opportunities across the web. To solve the biggest technology issues facing underserved or disadvantaged individuals, the organization offers a range of services including ShelterConnect, which provides free WiFi access in shelters and transitional housing. With homelessness on the rise in the San Francisco area, ShelterTech’s work is becoming increasingly valuable and vital to those in need and underpins a critical pillar of great netizenship: the support of equal access for all.

Next up is The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit technology consortium dedicated to supporting the creation of sustainable open source ecosystems. Since its start in 2000, The Linux Foundation has seen massive acceptance across multiple sectors, including finance, government, education and even film. This is accomplished through the organization’s efforts to provide financial and intellectual resources such as infrastructure, training, events and beyond.

Girls in Tech, a global nonprofit supporting the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology, rounds out the finalist lineup. At its heart, Girls in Tech strives to eliminate gender inequality in technology-based industries and startups. The organization offers an array of support, networking and skill-strengthening opportunities, including coding courses, bootcamps and hackathons for all ages and professions. With a global reach, Girls in Tech has 60 chapters across 36 countries to ensure that every woman has the access, opportunity and community they need to thrive and succeed in the technology community.

“We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all the organizations selected as finalists for this edition of the Good Netizen Awards,” states Gabe Fried, Chief Executive Officer, Hilco Streambank. “Each party’s dedication to the betterment and support of the internet community is truly outstanding. From promoting equal access to the creation of sustainable and universally beneficial technologies, every finalist we have chosen showcases exemplary work underpinning one or more critical pillars of good netizenship.”