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A Letter From The President

January 27, 2013                       Volume 2 No. 22
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Welcome to 2014

Let me welcome us all on behalf of the Executive Board and Board of Trustees (BoT) of NIRA formally to this year, 2014.

This year, is full of activities both locally and internationally. At home, we will continue to engage our local stakeholders and provide support through share-partnership.

At the international level, Nigeria is set to host a number of events which include but not limited to the African Domain Name System (DNS) Forum (AFDNS Forum 2014) which AfTLD has granted NIRA the hosting right. Dates and location would be communicated in the next edition of the newsletter.

It is our hope that other hosting rights like Africa IGF 2014 would be given to Nigeria also by the AFIGF Organising Committee and we shall be in a better light to confirm Nigeria’s role as the year go by.

We also look forward to a very good year, bearing in mind that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is expected to hold in April, while we work towards the deadline for the ‘Switchto’ by states and local governments, which is set for 1st August, 2014.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has indicated its willingness to work with NIRA this year in organizing some trainings in DNSSEC.

As the Singapore public meeting of the ICANN draws near, invariably between March 23 and 27, 2014, at the Raffles City Convention Centre, it is necessary for those planning to attend to register, and make hotel reservations. Visit 49ICANN  for further information.

I wish to encourage NIRA members to tap into the opportunities in the future public meetings. It was gladdening to note that some Nigerians were selected to attend Singapore public meeting on scholarship through the fellowship programme of ICANN, especially as the London 2014 fellowship has since opened.

Welcome to 2014

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
News!  News!!  News!!!
UN names 55-man MAG for IGF’14

The United Nations (UN) has unveiled the new membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014.
This is coming as the next IGF has been scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey between September 2 and 5, 2014.
The current MAG constitutes a total of 55 members, 18 among them new, whereas 37 were incumbents. The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing governments, the private sector, civil society and technical community.
All Advisory Group members serve in their personal capacity, but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups. 
The main task of the Advisory Group is to provide advice on the preparations for the next meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2 to 5 September, this year.
Also the representatives of previous host countries and relevant intergovernmental, international and regional organizations are also invited to attend Advisory Group meetings.
The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in 2005.
NIGF warms up for 2014 edition

Following the beehive of activities expected this year within the industry, especially in the domain name sector, the Local Multistakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) has kicked off its meetings, for the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) 2014.
The meeting held at the Cisco Room, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and being the first this year, 2014 was well attended with some members actively participating remotely.
NIGF is a renewed collaborative effort of internet stakeholders in the country to help provide a coordinated mechanism for domestic multi-stakeholders participations in the regional and global internet governance, and to help facilitate partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that redefine Nigeria position at regional and global IGF meetings.
The meeting is strategic to United Nation's IGF Secretariat which recognizes the importance of the regional and national events and reports from these meetings are shared at
the international gatherings to formulate global policy that will shape the future engagement and interactions in cyberspace.

ICANN Strategy Panel holds 2-day webinar
The Strategy Panel of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently hosted stakeholders to a two-day Webinar on its role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem on Monday, 13 January and Wednesday, 15 January 2014.
The webinar, was specifically for the purposes of update and interactive discussion.
“As it prepares to offer its advice to the ICANN President and CEO, the Strategy Panel wishes to walk you through the work it has undertaken and to seek your input on the preliminary set of conclusions it has reached,” ICANN staff disclosed.
Also, the webinar was an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions, recalling that as an advisory in nature, ICANN Strategy Panels serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters.
The panel, therefore, was designed to concentrate on critical strategic areas identified by the community, board, and staff, hence, the work of Strategy Panels will inform a new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan.
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