The main points
AFNIC’s response focuses on the following main points:
AFNIC is one of France’s centres of expertise on the Internet of the Future;
as we see it, the priority for the future is to construct a global communications infrastructure based on open standards and interoperable systems;
the ‘disruptive’ approach apparently favoured by the report is certainly useful, but it seems to us that, in France, the main priority is to strengthen incremental research with a strong experimental component;
as for the organisation of research on the Internet of the Future in France is concerned, the primary challenge is to maintain a local ecosystem that is well integrated at the global level. To this end, we believe that the priority in France should be a flexible and a streamlined coordination, rather than the creation of new structures.
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Response from AFNIC to the public consultation on the Internet of the Future (157 Ko – 20 pages)
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.