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A New Scientific Council for Afnic

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The purpose of the transition from 8 to 10 members is to consolidate the role of the consultative body as a source of analyses and proposals for the Afnic Board of Trustees and its Management. The Scientific Council helps develop Afnic’s strategy by anticipating the technical and socio-economic issues raised by the development of the Internet

It gives its opinion on the broad guidelines for R&D, technology watching and Internet governance, contributes to Afnic’s analyses on the means required to carry out its assignments, formulates opinions and recommendations to strengthen the presence of Afnic in its ecosystem, and clarify its choices in terms of technological orientations in order to encourage the emergence of innovative products and services.

Its members are scientific personalities from academic and industrial circles selected for their recognized competence in their field and nominated for three years by the Board of Trustees on a pro bono basis. The Council’s meetings are held quarterly, attended by a representative of the Board of Trustees, members of the Management and Afnic technical experts.

Composition of the Scientific Council of Afnic for the period 2017-2020

  • New members:

David BIZEUL: Technical Director of Sekoia, founder of inThreat, the first French start-up specialized in threat intelligence, starter of the first corporate Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the Société Générale bank, a specialist in cybersecurity strategy for organizations

Gordon LENNOX: President of the Technologies, Droits, Responsabilités, Société association (TDRS), former Internet ambassador for the European Commission, specialist in the fields of security and protection of personal data.

Valérie SCHAFER: Research fellow at the Institute of Communication Sciences (CNRS/Paris-Sorbonne/UPMC), historian of the Internet, specialist in the history of telecommunications and information technology

Sandrine VATON: Associate Professor, Researcher at IMT Atlantic – IRISA (Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems), specialist in network metrology, traffic analysis, artificial intelligence, network management, security, Bayesian methods, and data stream mining

  • The renewed members:

Laurent TOUTAIN: Senior Lecturer at IMT Atlantique, specialist in the Internet of Things and IPv6, Chair of the Afnic Scientific Council

José ARAUJO: Director of the Technical and Scientific Department of the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI), specialist in telecommunications, network security, and forensics.

Pierre BEYSSAC: President of Eriomem, France

Isabelle CHRISMENT: Professor, researcher at Télécom Nancy, University of Lorraine, Loria – French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) France, specialist in the supervision and security of dynamic networks

Franck SIMON: President of France IX, France

Bernard TUY : BT_AE, France, specialist of IPv6 and the virtualization of working environments


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, 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.