Held in the premises of FrenchWeb.fr, the workshop on “Issues of domain names” attended by AFNIC brought together communication professionals, self-employed business people, and corporate executives. They attended the workshop in order to more fully understand the strategic importance of domain names and the values associated with extensions such as the .fr TLD.
The discussions, which were detailed and wide-ranging, were hosted by:
- Olivier Sanviti, a partner with the Aston law firm, specialized in ICT, to cover the legal issues
- Stéphane Pénacèque, Corporate Manager at Gandi, to address the technical issues
- Emery Doligé, CEO, Vanksen France, a public relations company specializing in communications, digital advertising, buzz and social media, to discuss branding issues and agency recommendations
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.