The annual meeting of the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity placed the focus on women and digital technology. Two round tables were devoted to the theme in order to highlight women’s experiences and projects. An excellent opportunity for former and recent Foundation winners to share and connect. In total, 401 applications were received in 2023 by the Foundation and 87 projects awarded a total of €1,382,690 combined.
The “RDV du Numérique Solidaire” event was held on 12 December with the central theme of projects developed by women. More than 80 people took part in the discussions and round tables on the topics of women in digital professions and projects designed by women to improve their daily lives and their health. Malaurie Silvagni and Lorène Carpentier presented Keep A Breast, a breast self-exam app, Adeline Morat and Bastien Germain presented Règles Élémentaires to combat period poverty and lift taboos, and Fabienne Bregy presented the Mémo de Vie (France Victimes SOS Victimes) platform for victims of violence.
At the second round table, Alexandra Rossi (Elloweb / Objectif Pour l’Emploi) and Serge Tisseron of the Conseil national du numérique digital national council took a closer look at improving women’s employability in the digital sphere and stereotypes, including in the development of algorithms for the artificial intelligence of tomorrow!
€1.3 million in total awarded to 87 winners in 2023
This morning event provided an opportunity to bring together the 2022 winners on stage and congratulate the 2023 winners. This year, the Afnic Foundation received 401 applications as part of 2 calls for projects to allocate the Afnic grant amounts. The projects represent almost all of France’s regions, with greater participation this year of the overseas departments. The major topics addressed by applicants were connected to education and training, civic culture (workshops on cyber-bullying and personal data protection, etc.) and AI.Check out all the 2023 winners and projects
SolNum Tour 2024
Just like in 2023, the Afnic Foundation is taking to the road in the first quarter of 2024. Five cities are already on the itinerary to meet with project developers and structures in France’s regions and discuss their digital projects aimed at vulnerable groups and present our support mechanisms for 2024. Coming to a city near you soon!More information on SolNum Tour 2024 (in French)
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.