Partnership announced with the leading international awards group honoring excellence on the Internet  

Reston, VA – January 30, 2009 – .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, today announces it is the Official Sponsor of the 13th Annual Webby Awards. As a well established brand of trust and integrity, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry manages the definitive directory for all .ORG domain names on the Internet.  The continued sponsorship brings together .ORG, who is working to foster growth and sustainability for the long-term health of the Internet, and The Webby Awards, who is the global index of success for interactive work on the Internet, resulting in an enormous synergy of talent and inspiration for organizations and individuals worldwide. 

".ORG is about empowering and mobilizing people online to come together and transform ideas into action," says Alexa Raad, CEO, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry.  "I am excited to sponsor The Webby Awards for highlighting international organizations on the forefront of creative technologies and innovative ideas."

Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet as a tool for business and everyday lives, the 13th Annual Webby Awards expands the mission of the Webby by honoring excellence in over 100+ websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Web categories.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, "Simpson’s" creator Matt Groening, and Harvey Weinstein.   Last year a record number of .ORG sites were nominated and won across a broad range of categories. 

"The Webby Awards is dedicated to uncovering and celebrating new talent," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "That’s why it’s a pleasure for us to be able to work together with .ORG as one of the Web’s original voices and home of a community distinguishing themselves as making a difference in the minds of the public." 

The Webby Awards Key Dates:

  • January 30, 2009:  Extended Entry Deadline
  • April 14, 2009:  People’s Voice Awards voting begins
  • April 30, 2009:  People’s Voice Awards voting ends
  • May 5, 2009:  Webby Award and People’s Voice Award Winners announced
  • June 7 – 9, 2009:  The 13th Annual Webby Celebration, NYC

 For more information, visit for a showcase of past winners and nominees from the .ORG community. 

About .ORG, The Public Interest Registry 
Trusted across all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes and support advocacy.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry empowers the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively and, concurrently, takes a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and related issues.  The .ORG domain is the Internet’s third largest "generic" or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 7 million domain names registered worldwide.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, was founded by the Internet Society in 2002. It is based in Reston, Virginia, USA. 

About The Webby Awards 

Hailed as the "Internet’s highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states and generated over 750 million media impressions worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

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