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A Message From The President

January 4, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 124
Happy New Year!

Finally, the year 2018 is here!! Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a  Happy New Year. While thanking God for seeing us through 2017, my prayer is that we will all experience divine guidance in all that we do in 2018 and beyond.

This New Year brings another set of opportunities and challenges. We shall seize every opportunity to connect with all stakeholders in the .ng community, to ensure more positive online presence of Nigerians, Nigerian businesses, the Nigerian culture and promote further awareness of the .ng brand. We shall “preach” the benefits of getting online and using .ng domain names, for further growth of our economy and job creation. Together, by the grace of God, We shall succeed.
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TECH SPEAK

Domain Name Ethics: Important Knowledge to avoid scams!
Understanding the rudiments of Domain Name ethics is very crucial to the registrant when it comes to the registration of domain names and to the visitors of any website in the use of the right domain names.

The knowledge of Domain Name System is very important as this knowledge will guide and guard online users from falling prey to online/internet fraudsters.  Because the domain name ecosystem is vast, we need to bear in mind that ethics is a personal set of principles. People, due to different backgrounds, share vast opinions on what is ethical and what is unethical. Sometimes, certain people deliberately aim to mislead and defraud others.

Recently, towards the Yuletide Season and towards the New Year, the gimmick introduced by the Internet fraudsters included creating sub-domain names of popular domain names and some ecommerce websites to direct people to those fraudulent website domain. These subdomains of popular websites were widely circulated via WhatsApp during the festive season with interesting massages, telling you to claim some unrealistic gifts. Unknown to many, these were scam messages.

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NEWS

NITDA GETS NEW BOARD
Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced the new Governing Board Members for all the Federal Agencies in Nigeria.  Recall that the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Board members were also appointed for NITDA. As per the announcement, the new board for NITDA will be chaired by Prof. Adeolu Akande, a Professor of Political Science.
The names of newly appointed Governing Board Members are listed below:
 
 
 
NITDA and Microsoft sign MoU

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Microsoft Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Innovation and adoption in Nigeria.
 
The partnership will see ginger collaboration in ICT development, particularly in the areas of cloud policies, data protection and privacy laws and data classification frameworks.

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.NG Domain Name Report as at 4th January 2018

Though we noted the slow down in fresh registrations and renewal of .ng domain names from October, November to December 2017. The general slow-down could be attributed to many reasons, including consumer spending slowdown and focusing on essentials. The total number of active .ng domain names in December 2016 was 76,907 whilst by December 2017 the number of active domain names has grown to 101,695.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Event Dates: 10th to 15th March 2018
Event Location: Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico
Meeting Website: https://meetings.icann.org/en/sanjuan61.
Host Website: https://icann61.pr.
Register: Sign up to attend ICANN61 Now!
 

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2018
Date: 29th April to 11th May 2018
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
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