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Afnic Annual Report 2016: Driving the development of online presence

June 15, 2017

2016 was marked by the confirmation in the development & diversification of Afnic's business lines and the consolidation and recognition of its CSR, quality & security initiatives.

In 2016, Afnic's appointment as the registry for the .fr was extended for an additional 5 years. With an increase of 2.21% over the year 2016, the .fr was one of the most dynamic country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD) in Europe and the symbolic milestone of 3 million domain names registered under the .fr was attained at the end of the year.

Afnic was awarded ISO 27001 certification in 2016 for the information system it operates for the .fr and was also rewarded for its quality initiative by obtaining the "recognized for excellence, 4-star" rating from the European Foundation for Quality Management.

In order to continue to support the development of the on-line presence of small and medium-sized businesses, Afnic expanded its activities in 2016 through its Réussir en .fr program (www.ré, which joined the Foliweb initiative, a program of workshops and training courses organized throughout France, and took part in the SME Online trade fair, the first fully virtual trade fair devoted to small and medium-sized businesses.

Afnic also created and organized the first edition of the Afnic Forum, an event bringing together Afnic's registrars, digital sector professionals and users on the issue of simplicity to develop online presence, and contributed to the report "Connected growth, SMEs counterattack 1" submitted by the French National Council for the Digital Economy to the French Minister of Economy and Finance.

In line with its environmental commitments, Afnic published its second carbon audit© which highlighted the results of its program to reduce the carbon footprint caused by its activities, with a 9% decline in emissions between 2013 and 2015.

In 2016, the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity ( also launched its first call for projects with grants available worth € 2 million, and financed more than 30 field projects supporting an inclusive Internet. Afnic became a partner with the eAccessibility Tour de France and supported the cycle of events set up by the BrailleNet association to facilitate access for people with disabilities and senior citizens to digital services and tools.

Finally, Afnic actively participated in all of the debates on the transition of the oversight of the IANA function, especially within the international working group on the reform of ICANN, whose work was co-chaired by Mathieu Weill, then Afnic's Chief Executive Officer. Afnic also published the first data of its work on diversity within the governance body.


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Afnic (the French acronym for "Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération" i.e. the French Network Information Centre), is a non-profit association. For 20 years, we have been the registry for the management of Internet addresses under the .fr TLD suffix. We also manage the French overseas TLDs for .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte). In addition to the more than 3.2 million domain names they represent, we are also the back-end registry for 14 companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD suffix including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf. We actively support the digital transformation of small and mid-size businesses in France with our system Réussir en .fr ( and offer a free online presence support package ranging from diagnostic tools to on-site training throughout France. As an association, we federate a community of more than one hundred members with varied profiles but all of whom are stakeholders on the web: registrars, companies, federations, users, institutions, etc. Our role is part of a broader assignment involving the common good, which consists in helping to make the Internet more secure, stable and open to innovation each day, in which the French Internet community plays a leading role. In addition, we pay 90% of the profits from the management of the .fr TLD to our Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity ( which each year finances some thirty projects designed to reduce the digital divide throughout France.