BIND is a free and open source software, developed by ISC, a californian non profit making organization. Its objective is to ease the everyday life of Companies, Registry and Registrars of the whole world, whether big or small. Indeed, a recent study has shown that more than 70% of the DNS servers in the world are using BIND.
As its previous versions, BIND 10 is supported by many international organizations. In addition to AFNIC, the following Registry are among the first to join this initiative : Afilias (.info), le CIRA (Canada), DENIC (Germany), IIS.se (Sweden), JPRS (Japan), Nominet (Great-Britain), Registro.br (Brasill), SIDN (Holland) et ZADNA (South Africa). A steering commitee, made up of the main sponsors of the project (including AFNIC) has thus been formed, in order to allow its members to follow the progress, and chose the direction to follow.
By supporting this open project, AFNIC is working to reinforce the open and interopable standards of the Internet, helping both the French Registrars, Companies and Internet users that use this software. It also full lieds its general interest mission as BIND is installed on the authority ccTLD servers managed by the association in charge of the .fr.
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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.