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A Message From The President

January 31, 2019                       Volume 7 No. 152

Zero tolerance for Fake News and Hate Speeches: Another reason to embrace .ng

As Nigeria’s general election draws nearer, it can be predicted that so many news blogs and websites would spring up. The purpose of most of these blogs and websites will be for ulterior motives, mainly to circulate fake news and to cause confusion among the populace.
 
NiRA, as the custodian of the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), will continually make sure that fake news does not thrive on the cyberspace using .ng domain names. We will continue to respond promptly to reports of abuse websites whose domain names are registered on .ng.
 
It is in our collective interest as a Nation, to see credible candidates emerge and go on to win in the various positions up for grabs in the 2019 elections.
 
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TECH SPEAK

IMPORTANCE OF CUSTOM DOMAIN NAMES IN DATA PRIVACY

In the spirit of Data Privacy Day marked globally on January 28, 2019, we decided to take a look at the importance of registering a custom domain name as a measure to safeguard your data from being stolen on the internet.
 
A custom domain is a unique branded name that identifies a website. Custom domains, also known as vanity URLs, appear in the address bar at the top of every browser. We use them every day to navigate around the World Wide Web; you probably have many of your favorites memorized or bookmarked. The world uses custom domains to navigate the internet, identify and visit websites for various activities.
 
NEWS
Nigeria Youths Internet Governance Forum (NYIGF).

On January 23rd 2019, the Nigeria Youth Internet Governance Forum (NYIGF) Coordinators hosted the 2019 NYIGF with the theme “Internet Governance and Policy Fundamentals”. The event was sponsored by many organisations including the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), Eko-konnect, and many others. The event focused on empowering young people to participate actively on the Internet policies discussions, which affect the lives of every individual using the Internet. The event was held at CITS Building, University of Lagos with over 60 participants in attendance.

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Call for volunteers: AFRINIC Nomination Committee (NomCom) 2019
The AFRINIC Board is required to appoint a Nomination Committee (NomCom) every year, in terms of article 9 of the Bylaws <https://afrinic.net/bylaws#nomcom>.
 
The Afrinic  Board had called for volunteers from the community to fill three open positions on the 2019 NomCom. Those residing in the Indian Ocean or Central Africa region and are interested in serving on the 2019 NomCom should submit an expression of interest, including a short biography, by email to legal at afrinic dot net by 9 January 2019.
 
The duties of the NomCom and the elections to be held are described below.

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Apply for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has invited interested individuals to submit an expression of interest in key leadership positions within ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). Selected individuals will have the unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.
 
The NomCom is also accepting recommendations of suggested candidates.
ICANN is inviting applications and recommendations for the following positions:
  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
  • Three regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the Asia, Australia, and Pacific Islands region, one from the Latin America and Caribbean Islands region, one from the Africa region.
  • Two members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.
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NIRA DIRECTOR WINS NANS MAN OF YEAR AWARD

Engr. Ike Nnamani, the Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communications Limited, who is also the Treasurer of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), was awarded the Man of the Year award by the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS) on the 25th January 2019. The award to Engr. Nnamani, is in recognition of his humanitarian service, unwavering commitment to yearning and aspiration of teeming Nigerians in the provision topnotch, quality and copacetic services cum promoting professionalism and excellent service delivery. Engr Nnamani did advise the students to strive for quality education and avoid being used for political reasons.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date: 20th to 21st February 2019
Venue: Rotana Media City, Dubai, UAE
To register, please click on the link: https://registration.icann.org/register.php?id=MEDNSFUAE2019

Date: 9th to 14th March 2019
Venue: Kobe, Japan
To register click on the link: https://registration.icann.org/register.php?id=kobe64
DNSSEC Training

Date:  18th to 22nd March 2018
Venue: NiRA Academy, 8 Funsho Williams, Iponri, Surulere Lagos

Date: 9th to 11th April 2019
Venue: Lagos
For more details, click on https://cybersecurenigeria.org/

Date: 9th – 21st June 2019
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
A call has been made for presentations at the event. To participate, use the link https://www.internetsummit.africa/en/agenda/call-for-presentations
 
For more details, click on the link https://www.internetsummit.africa/en/about/ais-19



Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 
Workshop & Meetings 9th – 21st June 2019
Africa Internet Summit Secretariat (https://www.internetsummit.africa) announces AfNOG’s program at The Africa Internet Summit scheduled to be held in Kampala, Uganda from 9th to 21st June 2019.
 
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