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Afnic: Supporting the Digital Transition of Smes and Vses

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发表于 2022-9-22 18:36:10 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Do you know that there is an organization specially designated by the State to take care of domain names in France, and which supports the digital transition? Let me introduce you to AFNIC:  the French Association for Internet Naming in Cooperation. Behind this mysterious name hides a very useful organization. Which aims in particular to manage the famous domain name “.fr”. But that's not all. It also aims to help all French SMEs and VSEs to put themselves on the Web, just that. We had the chance to ask a few questions to Pierre Bonis, CEO of AFNIC, to discuss the essential and complex role of this digital organization. CAN YOU INTRODUCE AFNIC? HOW ARE YOU STRUCTURED (NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, ETC.) AND WHAT TYPE OF PROFILES DO YOU RECRUIT? Afnic is a French non-profit association.

For 20 years, we have been the registration office designated by the State for the management of internet addresses under the .fr extension . We also manage the overseas extensions .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Lands), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), .yt (Mayotte). This represents more than 3.2 million domain names! We are also the technical operator of several companies and communities that have chosen to have their own extension. We support fourteen Mobile Phone Number domains including .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf which has just launched its new website oui.sncf. Although it is the Ministry of the Economy that appoints us to carry out this public service mission, we operate as an SME of 80 people . Our teams are based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (78) and work daily to develop the preference for .fr in France, to strengthen the resilience of the Internet and to disseminate our expertise to the community.



Since this is mainly a development and infrastructure job, half of our employees are part of the IT Department! As a digital association, we federate a community of more than a hundred members with varied profiles: registrars, web players, users, institutions, etc. We meet them regularly to understand their expectations and share our roadmap. HOW IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STATE? HOW ARE YOU ASSIGNED? Afnic emerged from INRIA, the national research institute dedicated to digital technology . We therefore have in our DNA, both the fundamental orientation of the public interest, and a culture of independence necessary for the accomplishment of our tasks. The State remains very present within Afnic's governance itself, but it shares power and dialogues within our association with Afnic's clients, Internet users and our international correspondents. It is this balance, precious and fragile, which makes the originality of our association.


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