The fiftieth meeting of ICANN, the organization with global responsibility for allocating domain names on the Internet, will be held in London from June 22 to 26, and attended by several thousand people (representatives of government bodies, professionals and civil society stakeholders) in various think tanks and working groups.
The evolution of ICANN and particularly the transition of the IANA function are listed on the agenda, as well as the future of the Whois database or that of ATLAS, the ICANN At-Large Summit.
Afnic will take part in all of these discussions as the spokesperson for its members and to defend its vision of an Internet open to innovations and respectful of the rights of each user.
Afnic also intends to give the French ccTLD pride of place on its stand as well as the French geoTLDs for which it provides the technical management (.paris, .bzh, .alsace, .aquitaine and .corsica).
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.