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Afilias Global Registry Services announces winners of the 2006 .INFO Awards for the best .INFO websites
Munich, 30.11.2006 –Afilias Global Registry Services named the AGEV - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eingetragener Verein (Working Committee for Registered Clubs and Associations) - as having the best .INFO website for 2006 under it's .INFO Awards program launched in partnership with Internet World Business magazine to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the .INFO domain's launch.
Organized by a group of lawyers and tax consultants well versed on the particular legal problems that registered clubs and associations have to deal with, the AGEV.info website was chosen as the favorite from among a total of 300 entries by the four judges - Philipp Grabensee, Dominik Grollmann, Wolfgang KleinwÃ¤chter and Tania Leuschner - and the audience of Web voters. In addition to the trophy, AGEV's managing director Hans Hachinger also happily accepted a purse of EUR 10,000. Consistent with the concept behind the website, AGEV has also pledged that half of the prize money will be donated to the Children's Cancer Ward in the Haunersche Children's Clinic in Munich.
Two Austrian website operators claimed second and third place: Outdoorland.info - a portal with interactive touring suggestions - took home a prize of EUR 5,000 in second place. Third place and EUR 3,000 went to Austria.info, a tourism portal that features the best of Austria as a tourist destination.
Not part of the original plans, Afilias also decided to present a special audience award of EUR 1,000 to the "Junge Christen" (Young Christians) information portal. Thanks to some skillful advertising on their own behalf, the operators of this website were able to claim 1,500 of the total 6,000 votes cast by the Web audience, making them the most popular audience website. This gave them nearly 2.5 times as many online votes as the .INFO Award winner Agev.info. Everyone who cast their vote online will be take part in a draw for the following prizes from Afilias and its partners, 1&1 and Key Systems: Five PocketWeb PDAs from 1&1 Internet AG including a surf flat rate for two years and ten valuable web-hosting packages.
For more detailed information on the judging rules and the winners please go to the homepage at www.info-award.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.
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.