OFFICIAL RULES | IT WORLD CANADA’S BLOGGING IDOL
1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST: IT World Canada’s Blogging Idol contest (“Contest”) is designed to encourage technology professionals to share their experiences in using IT to enhance business value. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the blogger whose posts generate the most traffic over the duration of the contest.
2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to Canadian individuals who post original content. Persons in any of the following categories are not eligible to participate or win the prize(s) offered: (a) Employees or agents of IT World Canada, their parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries, public relations agencies and prize suppliers; (b) immediate family members (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household as any person in (a) above. You must also have access to the Internet and a valid e-mail address in order to enter or win.
3. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins at 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) Zone on March 23, 2009.Contestants will register at http://blogidol.ca with their name and e-mail address. Contestants will be contacted by IT World Canada either via e-mail, phone or both with information on setting up a profile on the blog network, including a private user name and password. Contestants will be offered in-person training on blogging techniques at an IT World Canada event and via video tutorial. The contest will run six weeks and conclude at 12:00 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) Zone on May 1, 2009.
4. POSTS: Contestants will be given a suggested weekly topic by IT World Canada but will be free to post blog entries on other topics, provided they relate to the use and management of enterprise IT. Contestants can post as often as they like and at a length of up to 1,000 words per post. Do not include any company confidential information or details that may be inappropriate to share with the general public. By participating contestants give IT World Canada all copyright to the created content for use online, in print, at live events or in marketing materials. All entries may be edited, copied, modified or distributed at the discretion of IT World Canada. All entries must be written in English. Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, or otherwise contain objectionable material may be disqualified at IT World Canada’s sole and unfettered discretion and removed from the Web site.
6. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: IT World Canada will monitor traffic generated by all contestants over the six-week period. At the end of the contest, the contestant who generates the most traffic for the six-week period will win the top $1,000 cash prize. The most traffic generated by a single post over the six week period will also be eligible for a Nikon Coolpix digital camera. A third place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for Best Buy based on achieving the second-highest level of traffic over the course of the contest. ALL TAXES AND ANY APPLICABLE WITHOLDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.7. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: IT World Canada reserves the right to substitute a prize for an item of equal or greater value in the event all or part of a prize becomes unavailable. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted within 15 days of attempted first notification will forfeit his/her prize. Potential prize winner(s) will be required to discuss their experience as a blogger and as an IT professional for a profile in IT World Canada either online, in print, on video or at an event.A participant may be prohibited from participating in this Contest if, at IT World Canada’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the participant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other participants, or associated agencies. In the event a winner/potential winner’s employer has a policy, which prohibits the awarding of a prize to an employee, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.
9. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants certify that their entry is original and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and right holder of the submitted entry and that they have the right to submit the Entry in the Contest. Each participant agrees not to submit any Entry that (1) infringes any 3rd party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; or (2) otherwise violates applicable law in any countries in the world. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each participant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified IT World Canada its parent, subsidiaries, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives and assigns harmless at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the participant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein.
10. ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any participant concerning identity, postal address, telephone number, ownership of right or non-compliance with these rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the participant from the Contest. IT World Canada further reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party or otherwise does not comply with these official rules.
11. INTERNET: IT World Canada is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. Sponsor is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. IT World Canada is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by IT World Canada on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof, except to the extent that any death or personal injury is caused by the negligence of IT World Canada. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, IT World Canada reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. IT World Canada reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. IT World Canada further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Caution: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, IT World Canada reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law.
The bot threat
Some of the most serious threats networks face today are "bots," remotely controlled robotic programs that strike in many different ways and deliver destructive payloads, self propagating to infect more and more systems and eventually forming a "botnet."