Google, Jay Z among 2014 Webby winners

Published: Monday, April 28 2014 2:05 p.m. MDT

This Nov. 23, 2012 file photo shows entertainers Jay Z and his wife Beyonce at the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball game at Barclays Center in 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.

Kathy Kmonicek, Associated Press

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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.

Online: http://webbyawards.com/winners/2014

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