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AFNIC General Assembly - 2010 highlights and presentation of the Annual Report

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2010: a year devoted to greater security for AFNIC, with

the signature of the .fr and .re extensions using the DNSSEC protocol, making the DNS even more secure.
This crucial step, which occurred in September 2010, is designed to secure the authentication chain. In particular, DNSSEC prevents attacks by cache poisoning, i.e. attacks which aim to capture and divert queries without users realising it, with the risk that users may disclose personal data in the belief that they are on the legitimate site of the attack victim.

the deployment of “Anycast” technology in January 2010. This addressing and routing technique enables the redirection of data packets to the nearest and most efficient servers. It also enhances the performance and security of DNS architectures.

2010: official designation of AFNIC as the registry for the .fr TLD
On 2 March 2010, Christian Estrosi, the French Minister of Industry, appointed AFNIC as the Registry for the .fr extension, as part of the Decree dated 6 February 2007. AFNIC was appointed further to a call for applications published on 15 January 2009.

2010 French domain name industry report
The General Assembly held on 10 June also provided an opportunity to present AFNIC’s latest annual report

AFNIC 2010 French domain name industry report

archives of the previous annual reports

Facts and figures about AFNIC
– 58 employees
– 2010 turnover: 9 million euros
– 1.9 million .fr domain names at year -end 2010
– 18 % growth in 2010

(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).
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