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Global Information Infrastructure Awards Recognize Outstanding Achievement.


Fourth Annual GII Awards Celebrate Excellence in 10 Categories Including Arts and Culture, Commerce, Entertainment and News and Media

Ziff-Davis announced today that the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Awards honored leaders of the digital revolution for significant advancements in creative applications of network and Internet technology.

Ceremonies held tonight at a gala event in San Francisco in conjunction with ZD Studios' Nextravaganza conference were emceed by comedienne Paula Poundstone.

The Fourth Annual GII Awards is the Internet industry's premier leadership initiative honoring a wide variety of businesses, organizations and communities.

"Since its inception in 1995, GII Awards winners have created an ever rising benchmark for digital innovation," said Melanie McMullen, general manager of Ziff-Davis' Global Information Infrastructure Awards and the Standard for Internet Commerce. "This year's winners are innovators who represent the essence of the GII Awards and the best the Internet has to offer. They challenge tomorrow's leaders to harness technology and strive for an even greater level of excellence. Their achievement sets a standard for excellence on the Web in the new millennium."

Achievement was recognized in 10 categories central to the way people live, work and play: Arts & Culture, Children, Commerce, Community, Education, Entertainment, Government, Health, Netpreneur and News & Media.

This year's winners are: -0-

- Arts and Culture -- The Turing Game, for examining the
 differences in male and female online communication and interaction.

- Children -- MaMaMedia, for helping kids become life-long

- Commerce -- E*Trade, for helping to create a revolution in the
 financial services industry

- Community -- Join Together Online, for reducing substance abuse
 and gun violence

- Education -- National Digital Library Program, for showcasing the
 Library of Congress

- Entertainment -- Comedy Central's World of South Park, for creating
 a popular online counterpart of the animated television show

- Government -- The Environmental Protection Agency, for empowering
 citizens through its Environfacts Warehouse and other applications

- Health -- BabyCenter, for helping new and expectant parents

- Netpreneur --, for creating the definitive Web resource
 for gardeners

- News and Media --, for creating a Web Community for
 the Emergency Services


Presenters at this year's Awards included Jim Spadaccini, founder of; Mark Resch, executive vice president of CommerceNet; Farhad Mohit, president and CEO of Bizrate; Anna Zornosa, senior vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships of; David Hankin, president of Digital Coast Roundtable; Sam Whitmore, founder of; Brian Steel, managing director and COO of idealab! Silicon Valley; Thomas Dolby Robertson, founder and chairman of as well as other Internet luminaries.

ZD Studios' Nextravaganza conference features 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, and even a concert by world-renowned jazz musician David Sanborn, 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.

The event is sponsored by Microsoft, Creative Good, IBM, Mercer Management Consulting, Pixelon and Qwest Communications. Media sponsors include Computer Economics, Inter@ctive Week, Internet Week, PC Week, Upstart, Telephony, Business Wire, E-Business Advisor, ZDTV, ZDNet and Yahoo Internet Life.

For additional information, contact Jennifer McClure at 650/578-6996 or or visit

About ZD Studios'

ZD Studios, ZD series, is an information source for executives looking to harness the power of the Internet to transform their businesses. ZD 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 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 Council for Internet Commerce

The Council for Internet Commerce ( is an alliance of global leaders including Internet merchants, IT vendors, consumer and community advocates, analysts, journalists and academics. The Council's charter is to establish and promote the Standard for Internet Commerce -- a comprehensive set of Internet commerce best practices that will accelerate the growth of Internet commerce, and enable new levels of Internet customer service and satisfaction.

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, and one which is intended to track the performance of the ZD Group (NYSE:ZD), which includes print publishing, trade shows and conferences, online learning, education and television businesses, and a retained interest in ZDNet. Ziff-Davis Inc. recently announced agreements to sell Ziff-Davis Publishing, ZD Education and its interest in ZDTV. These transactions are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2000.

ZD Studios, the ZD Studios logo, the ZD logo,, Nextravaganza, Standard for Internet Commerce, Council for Internet Commerce and GII Awards logo 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 and company names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Although Ziff-Davis Inc. believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those expectations. Important cautionary statements and risk factors that would affect actual results are discussed in materials filed by Ziff-Davis Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Registration Statement on Form S-1, which became effective March 30, 1999. Holders of ZD Stock and ZDNet Stock are common stockholders of Ziff-Davis Inc. and are subject to the risks associated with an investment in Ziff-Davis Inc. and all of its businesses, assets and liabilities.

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