The Internet Rights Forum (Forum des droits sur l’internet) has launched a Web Campaign Observatory. Its mission is to follow as closely as possible the usage of the French electoral campaign during the 2007-2008 period, to find out what the new political forms of communication are and formulate propositions.
The Web Campaign Observatory has published on January 31st, 2007 its first
conclusion report .
This document handles contestable practices of domain name registrations and usage, including reserved signs or designations used by the candidates to the presidential elections.
As the elections nears, the AFNIC often faces these kinds of problems. This is why the AFNIC whishes to salute the publication of this conclusion report and add some comments.
The AFNIC has sent to the Internet Rights Forum a note on the different leads brought up by this conclusion report.
Download the note sent by the AFNIC to the Internet Rights Forum
(65 Ko – In French only)
About the Internet Rights Forum
(Forum des droits sur l’internet)
The Internet Rights Forum is an organization supported by the French government, competent on legal and social matters on the Internet. Its
mission is to inform the public and organize consultations between public authorities, companies and users around these questions. The Internet Rights Forum also offers a mediation service for the general public. The Forum has today almost 70 members, public organizations, associations and private companies.
About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération)
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers.
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.