Held on 23 and 24 April in Brazil, the conference is designed to eventually establish rules for the governance of the Internet and a roadmap for the development of the related ecosystem. In line with its commitments in relation to the French Internet community, Afnic will be represented at the conference by Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic and a member of the NETmundial high-level multi-stakeholder committee.
Afnic is already inviting the Internet community to join in the debate via the Request for Comments as well as at a special consultative committee meeting to be held by the registry for the .fr TLD on May 26 in Paris. The proposals received will be used as a basis for discussion at the conference and may be relayed by Mathieu Weill. Stay tune, and start typing!
Further information on the special consultative committee to be held on 26 May will be communicated at a later date.
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.