On February 26, 2013, the main stakeholders in the French Community of domain names were invited by Afnic for a meeting with Fadi Chehadé, ICANN’s CEO.
For those who missed the event, a video summarizes some the meeting’s highlights:
- Fadi Chehadé – speaking an impeccable French – discussed:
– the importance of domain names today,
– the opportunities represented by the new gTLDs,
– the role of ICANN,
– Internet governance.
- Mathieu Weill, CEO of AFNIC, then focused on the commitment of the registry for the .fr TLD to facilitate relations between the French Internet community and ICANN.
- Finally, Sébastien Bachollet, member of the ICANN Executive Committee, highlighted the interest of a meeting between ICANN and Afnic for Internet users.
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.