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Global Citizens' Dialogue, France Edition

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Thousands of citizens from over 78 countries will come together on 10 October to express their visions for the future of the Internet. This dialogue is being organised in France by Afnic, the National Digital Council (CNNum), Internet Society France and their associated partners, WebForce3, DébatLab and Eclairement. The Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of the Internet, instigated by Missions Publiques in 2008, is part of a global process of civic deliberation and participatory democracy. 100 members of civil society, representing all age groups, both sexes and various professional backgrounds, will come together on 10 October for this first French edition to be held in 3 cities — Paris, Lille and Lyon — as well as online. This edition on the event will focus on four major themes: digital identity, the digital public sphere, inclusion and artificial intelligence.

The outcome of the day’s discussion will then be presented at the French Internet Governance Forum 2020 — a major national and global event that sees all Internet stakeholders come together to discuss the challenges they face.

Practical information for participating in the panel l Saturday 10 October 2020 l 9.00am to 5.30pm

WebForce3 Paris

15 rue Moussorgski,

75018 Paris

WebForce3 Lille

105 avenue de la République,

59110 La Madeleine

WebForce3 Lyon

30 rue Louis Loucheur,

69009 Lyon


And also online!

Mandatory registration on:


About the Global Citizens’ Dialogue

The Dialogue is promoted by a coalition of global partners including European institutions (the European Commission and the Council of Europe), UNESCO, the Internet Society, the Wikimedia Foundation, the World Wide Web Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the Swiss and German governments and various private-sector players (Google and Facebook). Global site:

About the CNNum

The Conseil National du Numérique (National Digital Council) is an independent advisory committee and general-interest think-tank responsible for examining digital issues, notably including the challenges and prospects presented by the digital transition where society, the economy, organisations, public action and regions are concerned. The council reports to the minister responsible for digital technology. Its statutes were amended by decree on 8 December 2017. Its members are appointed by order of the Secretary of State responsible for digital technology for a period of two years.

About the Internet Society France

The Internet Society France is the French division of the Internet Society, an international NGO operating in over 100 countries. Created in 1996, the Internet Society France’s mission is to protect Internet-users and their representatives within Internet-governing bodies. The Internet Society France seeks to promote an Open Internet (Internet of Things, IPv6, Opendata, etc.), an Internet For All (education, GDPR, conditions, etc.) and an Internet With All. The Internet Society France chairs the organising committee of the Ateliers de l’Avenir Numérique (Digital Future Workshops) and the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) France. It is itself chaired by Nicolas Chagny and is a signatory of the Jamais Sans Elles charter for players in the Internet governance sector.

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.