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A Letter From The President

November 11, 2013                       Volume 1 No. 17
Benefits of digital dividends begins with .NG

Maximizing the benefits of digital dividends emanating from the call by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for digital migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, local content must be embedded on nation’s country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD).

This was my position at a two-day West Africa ICT Congress (WAFICT) and exhibition 2013, where I was ably represented by the Chairman, Communications and Publicity at NIRA, Mr. Remmy Nweke, last weekend in Lagos, in a paper entitled ‘Maximising the Benefit of Digital Dividend.’

I had pointed out that in order to maximize the benefits of digital dividend, the expectations are that revenue of mobile services will soar, coupled with blossom social economic activities, increasing creativity, affordability, availability of local contents hinged on development of ccTLD like .NG for Nigeria and rural development.

Also, I opined that social, educational and cultural values would be given a boost because there will be educated citizens, informed democracy, cultural understanding, belonging to a community, access and inclusion of broadband services as well as enhanced quality of life.

Further, I advocated that to maximize the benefits of today subject of Analogue Switch Over (ASO), the committee set up for implementation, especially in Nigeria, must be given a free-hand to deliver.

In addition, this must be matched by we all walking the talk through leveraging on the mobile broadband environment.

I, therefore, expect that the affordability of services will surpass the anticipated government revenue, while ECOWAS countries, including Nigeria, must wake up to ensure not to miss the ASO target date of June 2015.

To achieve this, the Commission should do all within its mandate to encourage  harmonized West African ICT policies, regulations and  legal framework be adhered to by member countries.

All these, I strongly believe have to begin by individuals and corporate entities adopting  .NG domain names, which is the Nigerian’s identity for the digital dividend.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President
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NiTDA gets new board
iTDA gets new board Minister of Communications Technology Mrs Omobola Johnson, has inaugurated the newly constituted board of the National Information Technology Development gency (NITDA) with Dr. Tosin Ajayi as Board Chairman. Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Federal Secretariat Complex penultimate Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 witnessed by stakeholders in the industry, Johnson said that the Ministry is committed to leveraging on the tools of ICT for the socio economic development of the country and described the inauguration of the Board as a quantum leap, urging members to work with NITDA and quickly identify how indigenous Information Technology (IT) companies could grow, and come up with strategies on how to better achieve the objectives for which the agency was established. She decried the very low inclusion of women in ICTs, noting that only one female member was on the board. Responding, the new chairman of the board, Dr. Tosin Ajayi restated the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in global development, stressing, "ICT is a tool that will completely change the world." He also said that the Ministry of Communications Technology is the most important ministry in the country because, without a knowledge-based economy, Nigeria will be retrogressive. Other members of the board include Sen Musa Bello, Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, Hon Ben Bako, Engr. Wilson, Chinedu Agu, Mr Harami.B. Balami, Barr Segun Ilori, Haj.Sa'adatu Ayitogo, Mr Emmanuel Ighomena and representatives of FMST, FMCT, FMEduc, SON, NSE, CPN,ASUU, ASUP and DG NITDA. Readmore:

GNSO seeks volunteers to develop privacy policies

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council is seeking volunteers to serve on a Working Group (WG) to develop policy recommendations on issues relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy service providers for domain name registrations.
The Working Group is tasked to provide the GNSO Council with a set of recommendations regarding issues identified during the recently-concluded negotiations for the new 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

These include recommendations made by law enforcement and GNSO working groups.

Mostly expected to address by the WG are issues not covered during the negotiations and otherwise suited for a Policy Development Process (PDP); specifically, issues relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy services.
Specific issues to be discussed to be addressed are detailed in the WG’s charter, even as interested parties could join the WG, to contact the GNSO secretariat at
Noteworthy is that in October 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board initiated negotiations with the Registrars Stakeholder Group for a new form of RAA, and simultaneously requested an Issue Report from the GNSO on issues not covered by the negotiations and otherwise suited for a PDP.

The Final Issue Report was published in March 2012, and recommended that the GNSO commence its PDP as soon as possible after receiving a report that the negotiations were concluded.

GNSO fashions and over time, recommends changes to policies for generic Top-Level Domains and strives to keep gTLDs operating in a fair, orderly fashion across one global Internet, while promoting innovation and competition. 
ICANN 49: Delegates head to Buenos Aires

From November 17 through 21, delegates from all of the world would gathered at the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 48th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

According to formal invitation extended to delegates by Director, Human Resources at ICANN, Mr. Steve Antonoff, on behalf of ICANN welcome participants to the 48th international public meeting of the organisation.

The meeting slated to hold between November 17 and 21, 2013 at Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Centre located at San Martin 1225, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is hosted by the NIC Argentina.

Delegates, he said, are to share their knowledge and network with the internet industry and governance professionals from around the globe.

"The meeting offers the unique opportunity to participate in numerous educational and informational activities directly related to your field of expertise," he said.

ICANN coordinates the internet unique identifiers across the world and in more technical terms, through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet's underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS).

The IANA functions include, thus include the coordination of the assignment of technical protocol parameters including the management of the address and routing parameter area (ARPA) top-level domain among others responsibilities.

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