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The AFNIC opens a forum on the liberalization of .fr and .re

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09/07/2005

Saint Quentin en Yvelines, September 7 2005

Further to the workshop held on 6 September 2005, the AFNIC opened a forum today on the liberalization of .fr and .re.

On 6 September 2005, individuals, users’ associations, representatives from registrars affiliated with the AFNIC and representatives from major companies met in Paris at the invitation of the AFNIC for a workshop on the extension of .fr and .re domain names to private individuals.

The objective of this event was to generate an open debate on the new rules for registering French domain names. The planned relaxation of these rules will extend eligibility to .fr or .re domain names to persons who could not apply before, in particular private individuals.

The following main topics were discussed during the morning session:

Liberalization: reasons, issues and specifications
Eligibility criteria: persons resident in France or the European Union, what about associations not registered with INSEE?
Identification: for example by means of an ID card, password sent by post or email
The activation period for domain names: before or after identification?
Protection of personal data: displayed in the Whois public database.

The AFNIC presented its main options to the participants and listened to their opinions in discussions of the various issues.
The extent and quality of the contributions showed participants’ great interest in the opening of .fr and .re to private individuals.

The debate continues online

In order to continue this debate and open it up to a wider audience, the AFNIC has created a forum which will be live from 7 September to 20 October 2005: http://forum.afnic.fr

The aims of this forum, which is open to all, are:

to allow any interested party to express their opinion on the main issues of the debate instigated by the AFNIC on the opening of .fr and .re to private individuals,
to promote consensual solutions.

Suggestions can also be sent directly to the AFNIC via a special web form.

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.
Further information

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, 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.