DUBLIN, IRELAND – 17 August 2010 – Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and the registry for the .INFO top-level domain (TLD), today released the roster of judges selected to evaluate submissions to the fourth annual .INFO Awards program. The Awards program, which opened last week, enables any .INFO website owner to submit their site for consideration to receive top honors as the “Best .INFO Website of 2010” and receive a cash prize of up to $7,500.
“Afilias is pleased to have such high caliber judges from the fields of online information, media, and technology,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “This year’s panel consists of judges from many different countries and three continents, truly representing the global nature and appeal of the .INFO domain.”
The 2010 judging panel will be made up of seven distinguished individuals from the online, media and technology industries. They include:
• Dominik Grollmann, editor in chief, Internet World Business (Germany)
• Grant Allaway, group managing director, AD2ONE (UK)
• Peter Prestipino, editor in chief, Website Magazine (US)
• Liam Eagle, editor in chief, the Web Host Industry Review (Canada)
• Anand Parthasarathy, editor, IndiaTechOnline.com (India)
• Katy Tafoya, creator and editor, ConstantChatter.com (US)
• Philipp Grabensee, chairman of the board, Afilias (Germany)
The judging panel will review all eligible sites submitted for consideration based on five key criteria including: presentation of content, functionality of the website, design, usability, and originality.
For details on entry requirements and restrictions please visit the Awards Rules. For more details on the .INFO Awards or to submit your site visit www.INFO-award.info.
About the .INFO Awards
The .INFO Awards honors the best .INFO websites and highlights the usefulness that the .INFO domain has added to the Internet in the nine years since its debut. Any .INFO domain owner may submit their website for consideration until September 10, 2010. A shortlist of the 10 finalists, based on the judges’ scores, will be published on October 5, 2010. Members of the public will then be able to vote for their favorite of the top 10 sites until November 2. The public votes will be combined with the judges’ scores to select the top 3 winners, with first place being named the “Best .INFO website of 2010.” Winners will receive cash prizes allocated as: US$7,500 for first place, US$5,000 for second place, and US$3,000 for third place.
.INFO was the first generic, unrestricted TLD to be launched since .com and is the most successful new TLD launched in over 25 years. Registrations in .INFO first became available in 2001. Since then, .INFO has grown to become the fourth largest gTLD in the world with over 6 million domain names registered. .INFO Domains are currently available in ten Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) scripts. For more information on .INFO please visit www.info.info.
Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit www.afilias.info.