Whether in terms of opening the .fr, .re, .wf, .tf, .pm and .yt extensions to holders in Europe, the launch of the SYRELI dispute resolution system, or the accreditation of registrars, the end of 2011 was more than eventful. Isabel Toutaud, AFNIC Legal Affairs Director, reviews all of these innovations in a 3-minute video. Ms Toutaud also recalls the existing procedures for rights-holders in the event of litigation in one of the extensions managed by AFNIC, and discusses the other projects on which AFNIC will be working in 2012 such as the launch of IDNs (internationalized domain names i.e. with accented characters) or the posting of new publications on these issues.
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, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic 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 nearly 90 employees.