Open to all, the first Internet Governance Forum in France will be held on March 10, 2014 in the premises of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE).
In order to better understand the national and international issues related to the digital economy, the forum will combine plenary sessions and interactive workshops. We invite all of the stakeholders involved in the French Internet (users, the private sector, academia, government authorities, etc.) to actively take part in preparing the event by visiting http://forum.fgi2014.fr and proposing the topics they would like to see addressed.
This joint development of the agenda for the forum is one of the hallmarks of the all-inclusive, multi-stakeholder nature of the IGF concept, a feature to which AFNIC is particularly attached.
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.