From 1 to 4 June 2014, Afnic staff will be welcoming to Paris their European counterparts from the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR). Established in 1998, the CENTR incorporates the European registries wishing to jointly analyze the issues related to the activities of registries for country-code TLDs (ccTLDs), acts as their representative, and above all seeks to define a common position they can endorse.
For three days, among others, the teams from the .at TLD (Austria), .de TLD (Germany), and the .uk TLD (United Kingdom) will share their experiences, such as those concerning the promotion of ccTLDs or dispute resolution procedures.
The three working days will include various workshops – on topics covering legal, marketing, security, R&D issues, etc. – and will be attended by some 180 people, including managers, engineers, lawyers and communicators.
Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, stated:
“At a time when the debate on Internet governance is heating up and the new TLDs are now operational, Afnic wanted to reassert the strategic importance of country-code TLDs such as the .fr namespace. For three days, with the presence of all our counterparts from the CENTR, Paris will be the European Capital for domain names and cooperation between European registries.”
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.