NEW YORK — Google, Jay Z and crowdfunding site Kickstarter are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards, a celebration of Internet achievement that got its start nearly two decades ago.
The awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Web experts and Internet professionals. Judges included Tumblr founder David Karp and “House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey.
Each Webby category is split in two: There’s an award from the academy and a “people’s voice” award for which anyone can cast an online vote. This year, about 500,000 people voted.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig won a lifetime achievement award. Lessig co-founded Creative Commons, which provides a way for people to license their online work for public use.