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Open Day with the AFNIC Scientific Council on 4 July 2012

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Live webcast today

9:30am – Tutoriel par Stéphane Bortzmeyer « Sécurité des noms de domaine : menaces, réalités et solutions pratiques »

2:00pm – Séminaire : « L’Internet est-il résilient ? Le sera-t-il davantage ? Ou moins ? »


Building on the success of its first seminar on June 10, 2011, the AFNIC Scientific Council is inviting the French Internet community for a new day of discussions on July 4, 2012. Lasting all day, with a wide range of content in two parts – a tutorial in the morning and a seminar in the afternoon – the event is organized on the premises of Télécom ParisTech.



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Program Overview:

9:30 to 12:30: Tutorial, by Stéphane Bortzmeyer, Afnic R&D engineer. Entitled “Domain Name Security: Threats, Realities and Practical Solutions”, the tutorial addresses the global issues involved in the security of domain names in general (DNS risks such as Kaminsky vulnerability but above all provisioning risks), with practical examples and case studies (such as hackers who connect to the DNS hosting provider of a given domain and change its configuration, excessive anti-Conficker filtering, SQL injections to a registry or a registrar, etc.).


14:00 to 18:00: Seminar of the Afnic Scientific Council, with:

  • A presentation of part of the work of the Afnic Scientific Council, including the results of the second edition of its “Technology Backdrop” survey carried out in May-June 2012.
  •  Talks and a debate on the main theme of the seminar: “Is the Internet resilient? Will it become more so? Or less?” Examples of talks include a presentation of the results of the Internet Resilience Observatory in France (2011 report) by François Contat (ANSSI), Guillaume Valadon (ANSSI) and Stephane Bortzmeyer (Afnic), and a presentation by Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at RIPE-NCC, entitled “Some Thoughts about Vulnerabilities and Resilience of the Internet Today”.

The day will end with a cocktail for the participants.

For further information:

You can live-tweet or follow this 4th of July event on Twitter with the hashtag #JCSA

Pending the publication of the detailed program for the day (it will be available here), the following practical information may be useful:

  • Venue: Télécom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault Paris 13ème, Amphi B312
  • Attendance is free but participants are requested to register before July 2 (the number of places is limited), by e-mail to Please specify whether you wish to attend both events of the day (tutorial + seminar) or only one.




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.