From 7 to 11 April 2013, the 46th ICANN meeting will be held in Beijing at the Beijing International Hotel, providing an opportunity for Afnic to discuss with the international domain name community and bring together our customers and partners.
During the event, attention will focus mainly on progress in the deployment of the new TLDs, the reputation of the domain name industry against a backdrop of multiple product offerings in the coming months, the expansion in partnerships on the African continent, not to mention the latest announcements by ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé on the functional organization of ICANN, whose stated aim is to keep as close as possible to the various communities involved. Some of these topics were discussed at the meeting organized by Afnic last February between ICANN and French stakeholders in the domain name industry.
Afnic will be playing an active role in the discussions throughout the 46th ICANN meeting and will use the event to bring together the French Internet community in Beijing.
For more information, visit the website for the 46th ICANN meeting in Beijing.
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.