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Could blockchain (really) replace DNS?

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Afnic, the registry operator for .fr domain names, is publishing a new themed paper today in which Afnic’s DNS experts analyse the possibilities for naming using blockchain. Read the overview, advantages and recommendations from our experts in this special feature.

Replacing DNS with a blockchain-based naming system is a subject of much debate. Today, blockchain is considered a serious competitor of DNS, the long-standing Internet naming service.

But where do things actually stand? This Afnic themed paper provides avenues for thought regarding the need for the DNS to evolve, as well as a synopsis of the advantages of blockchain and the different associated naming systems already in existence and their suitability in light of the different issues (ease of use, resilience, centralisation and regulation, energy consumption).

Download the Afnic Issue Paper "Could blockchain (really) replace DNS?"

Could blockchain really replace DNS? Issue Papier Afnic Internet Made in France.
Download the Afnic Issue Paper “Could blockchain (really) replace DNS?”

About Afnic

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.