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PIR Announces .ORG Outreach Initiative in Latin America

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG registry, a not-for-profit corporation, announced today the first of multiple planned .ORG outreach initiatives in Latin America, commencing in Quito, Ecuador on May 18, 2006. ".ORGanize 2006: Strategic use of the Internet for the .ORG Community" is designed to create confidence and build awareness in the Internet as well as educate the not-for-profit community on the benefits of the .ORG domain.

".ORGanize 2006 will focus on the importance of Latin American non-profit organizations and individuals getting online," said Edward G. Viltz, President and CEO of Public Interest Registry. "This is the first of several initiatives planned for Latin America during 2006. Our objective in the Quito conference is to increase Internet usage in Ecuador and build understanding of the many benefits of an online presence. As the Internet home of the global noncommercial community, .ORG is pleased to host this conference and we look forward to working with CONATEL, FLACSO, Microsoft, and the ChasquiNet Foundation who have all graciously offered assistance on this initiative."

"The internet usage in Ecuador is an interesting paradox. Ecuador has an internet penetration rate of 5.5% an increase of over 200% over the past 4 years," said Klaus Stoll, President of ChasquiNet and a charter member of the .ORG Advisory Council. "There are still however many barriers to getting online, as well as, lack of trust in the internet. This conference will address these issues so that additional Ecuadorians can more confidently get online."

The diverse agenda includes an in-depth overview on the strategic uses of the Internet for non-commercial organizations presented by ChasquiNet; Internet technical and security issues presented by Microsoft; the status of connectivity in Ecuador given by CONATEL, the state of the Internet in Ecuador presented by FLACSO; and the benefits of an online presence & domain name value presented by PIR.

For more information on this unique 1 day conference, please contact Christine Paz Brundage, at cpaz@pir.org

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About PIR – Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain – the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Visit Page

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