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.INFO Award Kicks Off Online Vote

From October 19 to November 24, Internet users can vote for their favorite Web sites in five different categories from a short list at

MUNICH - November 2, 2006. Following a pre-selection round during which a jury of four experts from the field of media and communications evaluated several hundred entries, a total of eighteen .INFO-Web sites have made it to the short list. In addition to entries from tourism, wellness and the communications industry, websites from the fields of fashion, religion/social involvement and sports are among the competition finalists.

The second phase of the competition appeals directly to the Internet users: up until November 24, they can vote for their favorite Web sites online in the five following categories – presentation of information, functionality, design, navigation and originality. Those taking part in the vote can also hope to win interesting prizes: five PocketWeb PDAs from 1&1 Internet AG including a surf flat rate for two years and ten valuable premium web-hosting packages will be raffled off among all the voters.

The winner among the eighteen finalists will receive a prize totaling EUR 10,000 for the best .INFO Web site. The second and third places will be awarded EUR 5,000 and 3,000 respectively. The results of the online vote will be published on the following homepage: and in Internet World Business magazine on November 30.

This competition has been organized by Afilias Global Registry Services. Internet World Business magazine supported the project as its media partner.

For more detailed information on the progress of the voting and the prizes, please go to the homepage at

Short list:

About .INFO

.INFO was the first generic, unrestricted TLD to be launched since .com. Registrations in .INFO first became available in 2001. Since then, .INFO has grown to become the sixth largest TLD in the world with well over 3.5 million registrations. Over 70 percent of .INFO's registrations are being used on the Web either for dedicated Web sites, redirects to other Web sites, parked pages, password protected pages, etcetera. .INFO currently contains over two million live sites.

About Afilias

Afilias, a fully integrated global provider of domain name registry services, maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England and Vancouver, British Columbia, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India. Afilias provides a full range of registry services leveraging proven technology that is fast, reliable and secure. Afilias provides registry services support to the .ORG gTLD (under contract to Public Interest Registry), the .INFO gTLD and several country code TLDs.