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AFNIC actively supports NLnet Labs

November 25, 2010

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AFNIC has signed a contract with NLnet Labs, a highly innovative R & D group  recognised for its development of open source DNSSEC- ready software (NSD, Unbound, OpenDNSSEC, etc.). The financial support provided annually by the .fr Registry should help the NLnet Labs foundation achieve its goals.

Indeed, for Mohsen Souissi, AFNIC R&D Manager : "We want to express support for the open source and open standards work that NLnet Labs is pursuing. By producing stable and high quality DNSSEC-enabled software they are bringing needed code diversity to the DNS industry and lowering the bar for global DNSSEC deployment. The organization deserves our sustained support". By supporting this project, AFNIC contributes to enhancing interoperability, open standards, and free software on the Internet, thereby fulfilling its role of providing services of general interest. As a matter of fact software developed by NLnetLabs is used and usable by the .fr  registry , its registrars, and the operators of recursive DNS servers (such as ISPs). About NLnet Labs NLnet Labs is a research and development group that focuses on those developments in Internet technology where bridges between theory and practical deployment need to be built; areas where engineering and standardization takes place. It is our goal to play an active and relevant role in these areas through the development of open source software, through participating in development of open standards, and through the dissemination of knowledge. All our deliverables are targeted to enhance the open, secure, and innovative nature of the Internet for all. Further information About AFNIC (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération ) Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names. AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars). Further information.    
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About AFNIC

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic's role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.