In February 21 in the Parisian offices of the NUMA incubator for start-ups and innovation, the registry contract for the .paris GeoTLD was signed by and between ICANN and Paris City Hall. Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, which has backed the application of the .paris GeoTLD since its inception, presented the role of the association and explained the implications of the project for the Afnic / Core group.
Nearly 150 people – including the first holders of the GeoTLD, partners and elected representatives – attended the event, during which:
- the milestones in the .paris GeoTLD project were recalled, scheduled to open at the end of 2014;
- the ambitions of this new namespace with its international status were explained;
- the names of the first 100 .paris GeoTLD holders to be selected were announced.
As the technical operator for the registry and innovation platform, Afnic is particularly proud to partner with Paris City Hall, and thus provide a new service for the Internet community.
For more information in french, please see http://mondomaine.paris.fr
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.