True to its commitments to end digital isolation, and in accordance with the declaration of the G8 Heads of State and Government for the development of the Internet in countries in the southern hemisphere, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) has decided to make an endowment to AFNIC’s International College Fund. The grant of 400 K€ will be used to support generic extension projects involving African sub-Saharan countries in 2012.
Financial support from the Fund can be obtained by project leaders replying to the 2012 call for proposals of the Fund, which is scheduled to open on 2 January 2012.
In so doing, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and AFNIC are furthering their cooperation initiated in recent years to encourage the emergence of an information society, combining the efforts of the North and South in a spirit of co-development.
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.