These actors have been working since 2013 to promote and support actions to encourage a true “citizen-based digital culture”.
In addition to its initiatives to support SMEs/VSEs master their online presence over the last few years, Afnic is now targeting young people by placing the accent on the responsible, controlled and independent use of their online presence. Since October 2019, it has been running workshops across France, in higher education institutions that have partnered with the operation, and published a variation of its platform Commence par Réussir-en.fr [Start by Succeeding in .fr], dedicated to young people.
“Given this backdrop, and our complementary missions and perspectives on digital technology, it seemed only natural for us to join the Educnum network, which we have always had close connections with” explains Pierre Bonis, CEO of Afnic.
Afnic will brings its knowledge of the Internet (in terms of both its governance and on the technical front) to the table during plenary sessions and as part of collective working groups. It will also open up its content aimed at young people, including the content published on the platform Commence par Réussir-en.fr. Afnic will also publish Educnum content, which will be accessible to members of the educational community as part of its workshops run throughout France.
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.