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Afilias Opens .INFO Awards for German-speaking .INFO-Website

Afilias recognizes the best German-speaking .INFO-Sites and offers 18.000 Euro reward to the winners

Munich, Germany–March 17, 2008 –From March 17 to May 25 owners of German-speaking .INFO-Websites can apply for the .INFO-Award that will award 18.000 Euro in prize money later this year. The Award is created by global domain name registry Afilias in media-cooperation with INTERNET WORLD Business and addresses .INFO domain owners from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

A panel of judges will create a shortlist of final contenders based on the criteria of "presentation of content", "functionality of the website", "design", "usability" and "originality". The shortlist of the top ten best sites will be published at www.info-award.info on April 28. From April 28 until May 25, interested Internet users can also vote for their favorite site. These scores will be combined with scores from a select panel of judges.

The panel of judges is composed of five experts of the online sector: Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Afilias Board of Directors; Dominik Grollmann, chief editor of INTERNET WORLD Business; Tania Leuschner, Head Of Content Operations Marketing live! of Vodafone D2 GmbH; Christian Paavo Spieker, CEO of One Advertising AG; and Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at.

The .INFO-Award rewards professionally created Web sites from Germany, Austria and Switzerland that provide the best user-value. Prizes for the awards are allocated as: 10.000 Euro for the winner, 5.000 Euro for second place, and 3.000 Euro for third place. All winners will be announced by online business newspaper "INTERNET WORLD Business" in June 2008.

For more details see www.info-award.info.