Deutsche Welle press release, 6 Feb 2013
: "Deutsche Welle’s ninth annual international award The Bobs begins on Wednesday. The contest, which looks to honor the best in online activism in a total of 14 languages and 34 categories, is now open to submissions. Internet users around the world have until March 6 to submit candidates for The Bobs in any of 14 languages. The contest aims to honor the people and projects taking an online stand to promote integration and social engagement as well as freedom of expression on the Internet. Winners of The Bobs are decided both by an online vote - the Users' Choice Prize in all 34 categories - and by a 15-person international jury responsible for handing out the Jury Awards in the contest's six main, multilingual categories. Last year more than 3,000 initiatives were submitted to the contest and more than 60,000 votes were cast in the online poll. Turkish, Hindi and Ukrainian join The Bobs for the first time."
Reporters sans frontières, 6 Feb 2013: "Reporters Without Borders is Bobs’ premium partner."
Critical Distance Weblog, 7 Feb 2013, Jonthan Marks: "If Blogs had just been invented, then an award scheme might be a good idea. But nine years later, I believe the Bobs have become totally irrelevant."