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A Message From The President

September 13, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 142
Bringing Nigerian bloggers together

There is no doubt that the Internet and particularly social media has revolutionalized the way news, views and opinions are consumed in our society today. Coming on the heel of this revolution, is the advent of fake news and hate speeches. A challenge that can only be addressed by educating those who need to know the impact of these twin evils on building a useful and responsible Internet.
There is no doubt that bloggers are becoming prominent and influential in the society. Considering the number of bloggers in Nigeria and the need to create a healthy atmosphere for their creativity to blossom in the blogging sphere, NiRA has identified the need to bring bloggers together to assist them with relevant strategies and opportunities to responsibly push up their value propositions to the society and maximize their talents.
It is therefore not out of place, to also give potential bloggers and existing bloggers the opportunity to interact, develop and improve not only their blogging skills but also their business management skills. Welcome the NIRA bloggers’ summit.
The 2018 NiRA Bloggers Summit is a one-day gathering of Nigerian bloggers. The Summit is aimed at bringing together the blogging community and stakeholders in Nigeria to learn, network, and cultivate their presence in the online community. There would be educational sessions, brand events, influencer interactions, and sessions on monetizing blogs, working with brands as a senior influencer and discussions on other topical issues such as legal impact of online payment, blogging about the society and individuals, etc.



DNSSEC – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

To have access to the services and products and information of companies and individuals on the Internet, you require the unique domain name of that entity/individual. On the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. When typing a name, that name must be first translated into a number by a system before the connection can be established. That system is called the Domain Name System (DNS) and it translates names like into the numbers – called Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has the responsibility to ensure the uniqueness of these identifiers across the world. Without that coordination, one global Internet cannot exist. ICANN ensures that all the addresses are unique.

The DNS translates domain names that humans can remember into the numbers used by computers to look up its destination (a little like a phone book is used to look-up a phone number). It does this in stages. The first place it 'looks' is the top level of the directory service - or "root zone". So to use as an example, your computer 'asks' the root zone directory (or top level)  “.”  where to find information on ".ng". After it gets a response, it then asks the ".ng" directory service identified by the root where to find information on “”  (the second level). At the third level, it looks for and finally asking the directory service identified by ".ng" what the address for is (the third level). This process is very fast and looks as if it is almost instantaneous – the full address is provided to your computer.



.NG Domain Name Active Domains as at 31st August 2018

The monthly rate of growth of the domain name registrations is encouraging. In August 2018, there were 5,161 newly registered domain names as against the 4,274 registrations done at the same time in 2017. Altogether, there were 105,508 active domain names at the third level and another 20,306 active domain names at the second level, making a total of 125,814 active domains altogether.


NITDA Scholarship Scheme 2018/2019

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has as its mandate to develop and regulate Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria. Developing and regulating IT will support in transforming Nigeria into a knowledge-based and IT driven economy for global competitiveness.
As part of the Agency’s Scholarship Scheme for Masters and Doctoral degree programmes in relevant areas of Computer and Information Technology (IT) and IT Law, obtainable in Universities, applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the 2018/19 academic session.
All eligible candidates that are interested should log on to the scholarship portal to register and submit all relevant documents. Please note that the registration period is six (6) weeks from the date of this publication. A comprehensive computer-based Aptitude test will be conducted to determine successful candidates for the award. Only candidates found eligible will be invited. Furthermore, there will be interview (which includes supplementary test, verification of credentials & character evaluation) for best performing candidates.
17th CFA’s Startup Hangout

Mr. Chuma Ezirim, Group Head, e-Business, First Bank of Nigeria Plc would feature at the 17th CFA’s Startup Hangout, with the theme “Leveraging on Institutional Support to Scale”. This event is billed for 20th September 2018.

For the development of any startup ecosystem, particularly in countries such as Nigeria, that are grappling with infrastructural challenges plus multiple taxation, institutional support is key. Despite the challenges, a number of countries have been able to create unique models that allow startups partner and work with various corporate organizations.

CFA’s Startup Hangout, designed to help startups succeed, is a platform where entrepreneurs meet, learn, network and grow. It is a monthly event for tech enthusiasts. CFAs Startup Hangout is in line with’s mission of positively impacting Africa through Tech Education and Advocacy. Meanwhile is a business and technology blog in Nigeria founded by Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA Jnr).


The 38th GITEX Technology Week will hold 14th to 18th October 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre.  It’s a week to showcase global technology and innovation.  For Tech-driven start-ups wishing to be sponsored by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Registration is open for the ICANN63 Annual General in Barcelona, Spain. The Public Meeting will take place from 20th to 25th October 2018 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB).
Online pre-registration is available for all ICANN public meetings. Register Here

Date: 29th October to 3rd November 2018
Venue: Lagos
Day 1- The 2018 Conference theme is "Internet Peering and Interconnection"  which will enable high-value engagement between policy-makers, service providers, Internet Exchange Point operators, infrastructure and data centre providers, transit providers, Research and Education Networks, technology innovators and major Internet service consumers such as higher education institutions.
Days 2 - 5 is the annual ngNOG capacity-building workshops (running in parallel tracks) for technical hands-on details with network engineers, content managers, and developers.
Please follow the link below to apply
The ngNOG secretariat can be reached via email for further enquiries.

2018 IGF| Internet Governance Forum

The Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris from 12th to 14th November 2018.


AFRINIC-29 will hold from 26th to 30th November 2019 at Tunis, Tunisia.
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