Lucien Castex has been reappointed as a member of the ‘Multistakeholder Advisory Group’ (MAG) by the United Nations Secretary-General for 2021. Comprised of representatives of Internet stakeholders, the MAG advises the Secretary-General on the programme and schedule of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings. It also coordinates the Forum’s activities and working groups throughout the year.
Through the participation of Lucien Castex, Afnic is proud to contribute to strengthening and developing the actions of this global Forum, which continues to play an invaluable role in Internet governance.
- MAG 2021 Members: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/mag-2021-members (November 2020)
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.