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A Message From The President

March 16, 2017                       Volume 5 No. 103

Getting more Nigerians online via IDNs

That some people cannot speak or write English does not make them illiterates. They already have a mastery of literature and grammar in their natural language. That some people must communicate in some other languages (either machine of human) apart from their natural language creates some additional barrier to communications and expressions.
The Nigerian community, despite its diverse ethnic composition, is predominantly three main groups popularly referred to as Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. With our population, advancements in Communication and Technology provides the opportunity for us to start promoting our languages on the Internet.
Great scholars have arisen from Nigeria in ancient times, who codified their work in Arabic, and other languages that may not be exciting to scholars of the western world. What about oral literature and Poetry that is locked in our indigenous languages? Would it not be wonderful, if Nigerians can register their domain name in any of Arabic, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba to give expression to their ingenuity and identity?



Five Reasons Why You must always Backup Your Website.
You must have heard a lot of talks about the importance of taking a backup of the contents of your hard drive, just in case something should happen to your computer. There are few things more painful than knowing that all of your precious files have been lost forever. The same holds true for websites. It seems like every day there is a new headline about the latest high profile website crash and server outage. Unfortunately, website and server threats are very real. Backing up your website helps you to safeguard against those threats and data loss. It is strongly recommended you take a backup of the contents of your website every time there is an enhancement to the contents of your website. Find below, five main reasons why a backup of the content of your website is important.

.ng Registry convenes meeting of relevant LEA and stakeholders
In the last edition of the NiRA e-newsletter, we stated that NiRA had taken concrete steps to deal with the menace of abuse within the Internet ecosystem, by creating a desk for dealing with Internet Abuse within the .ng ecosystem. Nigerians have responded positively with varied tales. NIRA has commenced investigations into those cases within its purview.
As part of its efforts, NiRA convened a meeting of representatives of relevant law enforcement agencies (LEA) and stakeholders on the need to collaborate to curtail the menace. Agencies represented include the Nigeria Police through the Lagos State Police Command, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Special Fraud Unit, ngCERT, Central Bank of Nigeria Plc, etc.

NiRA at ICANN-58 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meetings provide great opportunities to participate in Internet policy-making, learn more about ICANN,  DNS, global trends and other topics that will help shape the Internet's future.
The 58th Edition of the ICANN meeting dubbed ICANN-58 held from 11th to 16th March 2017.
NIRA at the Maiden First-Bank organized Agric Expo
Such rewarding experience at the First Bank of Nigeria Maiden Agric Expo on Tuesday 14th March 2017! Oh, Yes! NiRA was there ‘live’ with some of its Accredited Registrars. This was an opportunity to further preach the essence of online presence to another sector of our growing economy; another sector eager to explore ways of collaborating to boost the value chain and improve the financial model.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh who was the Special Guest of Honour, spoke on the importance of the agriculture sector in the growth of our nation and also declared the exhibitions open. It was made very clear that for every ship that berths at Apapa, foreign exchange flies out of Nigeria and there is the need to also de-risk agricultural projects to make agricultural financing easier. 
The Internet Society Fellowship Programme to IETF
 The Internet Society is accepting applications for its Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IETF 99, July 16-21, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.  The Fellowship will be awarded through a competitive application process. The Fellowship programme allows technologists, engineers and researchers from emerging and developing economies to attend an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting.  
The IETF is the Internet's premier standards-making body, responsible for the development of protocols used in IP-based networks.
IETF participants represent an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers involved in the technical operation of the Internet and the continuing evolution of Internet architecture.
Application for the ISOC fellowship programme closes 2nd April 2017. If you have questions, do please contact Niel Harper at Information about the programme and links to apply can be found at:
.AFRICA Sunrise Period for Geonames on ccTLD
.AFRICA is the new gTLD and has opened a window for different countries to submit reserved names such as GEONAMES for inclusion in .AFRICA before the sunrise period. Up to 100 domains per country are expected and this must be submitted before 4th April 2017.
NiRA has commenced a compilation which would be shared with the stakeholders before despatch.
This move by the newly approved Top Level Domain is part of the efforts of its registry to help safeguard countries GeoNames and to avoid the registrations of these GEONAMEs by individual in bad faith.


: 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

Date: 28th of April, 2017
Venue: NiRA Office Complex,
8, Funsho Williams Avenue,
Iponri Surulere, Lagos

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

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