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A Message From The President

March 2, 2017                       Volume 5 No. 102

NIRA’s Response to Internet Abuse

Permit me to draw your attention to a bad situation that is trending in Nigeria. Nigerians are being defrauded by various forms of Ponzi schemes.
The fraudsters are operating under various names and across various platforms. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where payment to its initial investors is from the payment made by new investors and not from profit earned through any legitimate sources.
In recent times,  Nigerians have varied experiences to narrate on this matter. While a few testify to the benefits derived from the scheme, the majority are lamenting, because they were left high and dry. Many have fallen victim. These schemes have impoverished more people than they claim to have helped.  You will think that Nigerians would be fed up with the various Ponzi schemes, but no! Apparently these scammers are feeding on the greed of the people and the poor economic situation, to lure more victims.
Whereas the Federal Government of Nigeria has taken bold steps to draw the attention of Nigerians to these scams and has warned Nigerians not to ‘invest’ or get involved. It appears the ‘returns on investment’ is too alluring for some.



The Problem with "The Seven Keys"
Articles have been published about "the seven people who control the keys to the Internet.” It has been reported that these articles, though probably well-intentioned, are completely incorrect and that there are no keys that cause the Internet to function (or not to function).
The so-called "keys to the Internet” only relate to one function and reportedly they can only be used in extremely narrow circumstances. It is important to understand what these keys do, to see why they do not control the Internet.
The keys belong to just one single part of the Internet – the mechanism for authenticating the data in the Domain Name System (DNS) called DNSSEC. It is based on a hierarchy of cryptographic keys starting at the root of the DNS. The cryptographic keys for the root of the DNS are managed by ICANN.
These cryptographic keys are kept in two secure facilities over 4,000 kilometers apart and are protected with multiple layers of physical security such as building guards, cameras, monitored cages and safes. The innermost layer of physical security is a specialized device called a Hardware Security Module (HSM), which stores the actual cryptographic keys. An HSM resists physical tampering, for example, if someone attempts to open the device or even drops it, the HSM erases all the keys it stores to prevent compromise. ICANN keeps two HSMs at each facility.

2017 .ng Awards Voting Commenced
Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) opened the voting platform on the 20th Feb. 2017 to the public to cast their votes for their preferred nominees. The voting exercise is expected to last for over a month.
See the link to cast your votes:
 About the .ng Awards
The .ng Awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards aim to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all.
We are excited. The nominations have generated so much buzz. Nigerians were very keen to nominate companies/establishments of their choice.
At the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), we believe in the power of the Internet and are determined that the .ng domain name space that we are responsible for, has a positive impact on the lives of Internet users. We know there is a lot of really great work out there and we want people to know about it, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight. Our annual .ng Awards are open to any organization or individual whose work is outstanding online using the .ng domain name.

For the month of February 2017, there were a total of 5,254 domain name registrations. This figure is more than the February 2016 registrations of 3,645. This is indeed a remarkable improvement. The February 2017 total registration is less than the total January 2017 registration of 5,674. This trend is different from the year 2016 when the domain registration increased by 413 domains from January to February 2016. Of course the economic situation in 2016 was quite different from the economic climate in 2017. With the implementation of the price charter, we are expecting further improvement in the domain name count.
ICANN Call for Volunteers for the Registration Directory Service (formerly WHOIS) Review Team

ICANN initiated a call for applications for volunteers to be appointed to the Registration Directory Service (RDS) Review Team. Volunteers are to serve on the second review of Registration Directory Service (formerly known as the WHOIS Review).
For interested parties, applications are expected on or before 7th March 2017
According to Toral Cowieson the Senior Director of Internet Leadership at the Internet Society, the Society is looking for a group of young people between 13 to 25 years old to join us for a conversation about the Internet. We want to know what the Internet means to them today and what they hope it will be like tomorrow.
Are you under 25 or do you know someone who fits this profile?
If so, please invite them to register for our next online forum, scheduled for Thursday, March 16 at 16h UTC (more details below).
The event will also serve to launch the Internet Society’s "25 Under 25”, a programme to recognise passionate, committed young people who are using the Internet to change the world.
Participation details:
Date:  Thursday, March 16
Time:  16:00 UTC, 11:00 EST
Pre-register here

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Toral Cowieson
Senior Director, Internet Leadership


ICANN58 in Copenhagen!

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen
Center Boulevard 5 Copenhagen 2300  Denmark
Date: 11th to 16th March 2017.

: March 24th to 25th 2017
Venue: Mauve 21 Events Centre
The Imperial Hall.
By Adeoyo Junction MKO Abiola way (Ring Road),
Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria

 .ng 2017 Awards
Date: 21st of April, 2017
Venue: Oriental Hotel VI, Lagos

Africa Internet Summit 2017
Date: 21st May to 2nd June 2017
Nairobi, Kenya

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