.AU/.NZ and .INFO Best Practice Awards Open

The registries for .AU (Australia) and .NZ (New Zealand), auDA and InternetNZ, have announced their Best Practice Awards for 2010 while .INFO registry Afilias has opened its fourth annual .INFO Awards programme.

The 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the security openness, diversity and accessibility of the internet.

The awards are based on the four main themes of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) with this year’s categories being:

  • Best Security Initiative – Initiatives that are at the forefront of developing solutions to security threats, building trust and confidence in the online environment
  • Best Openness Initiative – Initiatives that enable Internet users to benefit from increased access to online materials, knowledge or information
  • Best Access Initiative – Initiatives that aim to combat the digital divide, facilitating access for groups such as the elderly, disabled or socially disadvantaged
  • Best Diversity Initiative – Initiatives that encourage expressions of cultural diversity and identity, including the promotion of multilingualism and indigenous cultures online
  • Best Youth Initiative – A project led by an Australian or New Zealander who is under the age of 28 on 20 August 2010 and is eligible for entry under the four main categories.

Winners may also be showcased at Regional and International Internet Governance Forums as examples of Australian and New Zealand best practice.

The .INFO awards are into their fourth year and recognise the best .INFO websites around the world. From August 9th to September 10th any .INFO domain owner may submit their website to the .INFO Awards for a chance to win honours as the “Best .INFO website of 2010.”

“.INFO is an intuitive domain name choice for anyone looking to share their information with the world,” said Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer for Afilias. “.INFO has been the most successful new TLD ever launched, as evidenced by the millions of sites now operating worldwide. The .INFO Awards program not only gives us the opportunity to highlight the best .INFO sites from around the world, but also to allow Internet users to voice their support for their favourite ones.”

The winners of the 2010 .INFO Awards will be awarded the following cash prizes:

  • 1st Prize: US$7500
  • 2nd Prize: US$5000
  • 3rd Prize: US$3000.

For information on how to enter the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Award, terms and conditions and details of previous winners see bestpracticeawards.org.au. Entries for the Awards close on 30 August 2010.

Information on the .INFO Awards is available at info-award.info.