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The AFNIC takes part in the Internet Governance Forum

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Press release Saint Quentin en Yvelines, November 12th 2007

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) tooks place in Rio de Janeiro from November 12th to 15th 2007.

In the continuity of the works initiated during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
in 2003-2005, the IGF organizes reflection groups on an international level on the principal stakes of Internet
today and in the future: administration of the domain name system and IP addresses but also the struggle
against the digital divide, the struggle against spam, data protection…

In a time when Internet is ever-present in the economy, politics, society and the culture of all nations, the set-up of a
well-balanced governance system capable to face a number of a major challenges has now become a vital necessity.
This in order to accompany the serene growth of economies and public services (e-administration)
of all the countries on the Internet as well as to ensure an equal access to all users and in their own language.
This necessity is all the more stronger as the Internet, that actually counts more than one billion connected users,
will increase to five billions within five years.

The IGF is an original structure as it depends on the United Nations Secretariat and is not functionning on the classical intergovernmental
mode. It is above all a place for debates, reflections, exchanges of good practice and information and does not aim to elaborate
international treaties. Every stakeholders are invited: States, private companies and civil society.

Since its creation in 1998, the AFNIC has build itself with strong co-development values, notably through
the acts of its International College.
Role-player in the technical governance on a national and international level by its missions
as the .fr and .re registry, the AFNIC always involved itself in the struggle against
the digital divide and the growth of the information society, in France and abroad.

The AFNIC is a member of the French delegation at the Internet Governance Forum and
manifests its presence through:

A workshop around Codev-NIC,
an open and modular software for registry management;
The participation of its International College to a roundtable on governance in developing countries
and in Africa in particular;
A presentation on DNS management and a panorama on good practices for ccTLD registry management
through the CENTR, the council of European national top level domain registries.

Further information : Official website of the Internet Governance Forum.

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 (Registrars).
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, 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.