2010 action plan
The provisional plan features two key action areas:
The first action area involves pursuing the supportive projects that have already been launched or approved during previous meetings. For example, this applies to reinforcing the business continuity plan (BCP) and the project to support the creation of other TLDs, such as .paris.
The second action area gives pride of place to new services.
Most of the new services are aimed at strengthening the range available to registrars in terms of technology (implementation of new functionality), administration (overhaul of the system and invoicing terms) and promotional tools (development and economic support).
Other changes with a more direct impact on domain name holders are also lined up in the 2010 action plan:
The terms and conditions of registration should be amended in the first quarter with .fr being made available to French expatriates abroad.
For the time being, applicants must have an address in France in order to register a .fr domain name. As from March 2010, access to the .fr domain should be extended to any French national whose normal place of residence is abroad.
In 2010, AFNIC is also planning to work on introducing the DNSSEC protocol for .fr.
DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) uses digital signatures to increase the security of data provided by the DNS.
This action plan will be presented and submitted to the Board of Directors for approval during the ordinary meeting on 13 November 2009.
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(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.