The Best of The Web Honored as Finalists for the 4th Annual GII Awards December 14th Gala Awards Ceremony to Feature Leaders in the Internet Economy;

Peter Boit, Vice President, eCommerce, Business Solutions Group Microsoft

Corporation to keynote, Comedienne Paula Poundstone and Jazz Great David

Sanborn to Entertain



    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet industry's premier
 awards program -- the prestigious Global Information Infrastructure (GII)
 Awards -- will recognize organizations that are utilizing the Internet to
 create a profound effect on the way that people live, work, learn and play.
 This year's winners will be announced at the 4th Annual GII Awards ceremony on
 December 14th at the Westin, St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA in
 conjunction with the ZD Internet.inc. Nextravaganza conference.
     The gala awards ceremony will be emceed by comedienne Paula Poundstone,
 and a special keynote address will be delivered by Peter Boit, vice president,
 eCommerce Business Solutions Group, Microsoft Corporation. Additionally the
 awards will be celebrated on Monday, December 13th with a special concert by
 world-renowned jazz artist, David Sanborn.
     More than 500 total entries were received in ten categories which include
 Arts & Culture, Children, Commerce, Community, Education, Entertainment,
 Government, Health, Netpreneur and News & Media.  Sixty awards finalists were
 recognized for their innovative use of technology to improve business, and
 society. The finalists and semifinalists were selected by a panel of 350
 judges who are recognized experts in their respective fields. The final round
 of judging will narrow the field to one winner in each category. The 60
 finalists represent the very best in web-based applications and other
 networking technologies.
     "The GII Awards honor people in all areas of society and industry who use
 the Internet to create extraordinary results, from making money to making a
 difference," said Melanie McMullen, general manager of the GII Awards and The
 Standard for Internet Commerce.  "The GII Awards are the world's leading forum
 to define, recognize, and promote best practices and new models in the
 application of Internet and network technology."
     "The GII Awards confirm our own brightest hopes:  that the positive uses
 of high technology will truly open up new opportunities for all Americans and
 improve our quality of life," added Al Gore, vice president, United States.
     Finalists include the following organizations, which are all linked from
 www:gii.com:
 
     Arts & Culture:  JustOriginals.com; The Museum of Web Art,
 Philly2nite.com; Solemates: The Century in Shoes; The Turing Game: Exploring
 Cultural Identity Online; and TURTLETRACKS: Native American Youth Newsletter.
 
     Entertainment:  Beatnik.com; Comedy Central's World of South Park,
 GalaxiWorld.com; Hollywood Stock Exchange; Kodak Picture Playground online;
 and Quokka Sports.
 
     Children:  AllowanceNet; Children of the Moon; GirlsAreIT!; Interactive
 Educational Internet Journeys; MaMaMedia; and MY HERO.
 
     Commerce:  Autobytel.com; E*TRADE; E-LOAN; InsWeb.com; Preview Travel; and
 Federal Express.
 
     Community:  Band-Aides and Blackboards: The Social Fabric of Disease;
 CompuMentor; Join Together Online: Reducing Substance Abuse, Gun Violence;
 Match.Com; QuitNet: Helping Smokers Quit; and Suite101.com.
 
     Education:  AT&T Learning Network; Education Future Center; EF
 Englishtown.com; Globalearn.com: Technolgy and Cultural Awareness in
 Classrooms; Interactive educational Internet journeys; and the National
 Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress.
 
     Government:  Virtual Warehouse for Surplus Property Distribution; County
 of Alameda, CA, Website; Envirofacts: Empowering Citizens through the
 Envirofacts Warehouse and Applications, Environmental Protection Agency;
 Mecklenburg County, NC GIS Public Access; National Digital Library Program of
 the Library of Congress; and ServiceArizona: Online vehicle registration
 renewal service.
 
     Health:  BabyCenter.com; AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS);
 Interstitial Cystitis Network; Mayo Clinic Health Oasis; QuitNet; and Yo, It's
 Time For Braces.
 
     Netpreneur:  CookExpress.com; Garden.com; i-drive: digital file
 management; ImproveNet; iPrint.com; and Works.com.
 
     News & Media:  Firehouse.Com: A Web Community for the Emergency Services;
 Join Together Online: Reducing Substance Abuse, Gun Violence; Microsoft
 TerraServer: Exploring Online Aerial Views of Earth; U.S. Air Force Online
 News; Upstream Online: Business to Business and e-media Group; and Workforce
 Online.
 
     The GII Awards will be presented in conjunction with ZD Studios'
 Nextravaganza conference which will feature Internet experts, visionaries and
 celebrities exploring the developments, challenges, and opportunities of the
 Internet in the new millennium in an enlightening and entertaining
 environment. The unique format of an established and respected awards
 celebration combined with a thought-provoking conference offers senior
 executives a rare opportunity to network with industry luminaries, to learn
 and to discuss the role of the Internet in their businesses' future. Sponsors
 include IBM, Mercer Management Consulting, Microsoft, Pervasive Software,
 Pixelon and Qwest International.  Media sponsors include Businesswire.com,
 Inter@ctive Week, Internet Week, PC Week, Upstart, Telephony, Business Wire,
 E-Business Advisor, ZDTV, ZDNet and Yahoo! Internet Life.Complete awards
 information is posted on the GII Awards site at www.gii.com. For media/analyst
 registration or additional information, contact Jennifer McClure at
 650-578-6996 or jennifer_mcclure@zd.com or visit
 http://www.zdinternetinc.com .
 
     About The GII Awards
     The GII Awards program is a non-partisan, private-sector initiative
 sponsored by leading corporations, organizations, publishers and government
 agencies.  The GII Awards program is dedicated to helping people reach new
 levels of prosperity, community and health in the Communications Age by
 learning from others whose efforts and accomplishments serve as models of
 excellence. The GII Awards is currently the world's leading forum to define,
 recognize and promote best practices and new models in the application of
 Internet technology.
 
     About The Nextravaganza
     Nextravaganza is presented by ZD Studios and GII. Nextravaganza represents
 the third event in the ZD Studios' ZD Internet.inc series, an information
 source for executives looking to harness the power of the Internet to
 transform their businesses. ZD Internet.inc resources encompass a series of
 conference programs and partnerships with ZD's major technology media. Future
 plans also include community-building interactive forums and downloadable
 content through ZDNet, the top-rated Web site for technology news, information
 and entertainment.
 
     About ZD Studios
     As a division of ZD Events Inc., ZD Studios is dedicated to creating
 custom marketing programs for IT marketers in addition to some of the most
 attended, and highly regarded conferences and seminars in the industry. These
 face-to-face solutions are developed by a vast resource of resident experts
 who have access to the global resources of Ziff-Davis including publishing,
 events, research, Internet, television and education, as well as the
 industry's most sought after experts, opinion makers, and celebrities. This
 flexibility, combined with a solid foundation of experience, places ZD Studios
 as a leader in developing successful, creative, face-to-face marketing
 programs for today's leading technology companies.
 
     About Ziff-Davis
     Ziff-Davis Inc. is a leading media and marketing company focused on
 computing and Internet-related technologies, with principal platforms in print
 publishing, trade shows and conferences, online content, television and
 education. Ziff-Davis provides global technology companies with marketing
 strategies for reaching key decision-makers. Ziff-Davis has two series of
 common stock, one which is intended to track the performance of its Internet
 business ZDNet (NYSE:   ZDZ), and one which is intended to track the performance
 of the ZD Group (NYSE:   ZD), which includes print publishing, trade shows and
 conferences, education, online learning, product testing and television
 businesses, and an 83% retained interest in ZDNet.
     NOTE:  ZD Studios, the  ZD  Studios  logo,  the ZD logo, Nextravaganza and
 the GII Awards are trademarks or registered trademarks owned or used under
 license by ZD Events Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ziff-Davis  Inc.,  and
 may  be registered  in the United States and other countries. Other product
 company names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE ZD Events Inc.
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