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A Message From The President

Febuary 3, 2017                       Volume 5 No. 100

Mulling a Nigerian Whitelist

I sat through a workshop for Law Enforcement Agents (LEAs) last week, I listened and understood the frustration that LEAs face, in trying to obtain information and thus prosecute cyber criminals in Africa. Whereas laws may vary across jurisdictions, some organizations on the Internet simply take the somewhat easier route, which is to choose not to do business with people of certain nations, including Nigeria.
There are very many blacklists out there, that simply list Nigerian businesses and untrusted and thus prevent them from competing globally. .ng Domain names are sometimes targeted as well as Nigerian IP addresses. If we are to compete globally, we must begin to look at the various options available to give succor to Nigerian businesses.

I do not dispute the fact that there are some bad elements out there, who derive joy in Hacking, Fraud, identity theft, and many other cybercrimes. However, there are many more innovative and enterprising businesses in Nigeria, that are playing second fiddle because they have some low reputation as decided by some unfair blacklists.
NIRA must now look at a mechanism for creating trust and giving Nigerian businesses, much more latitude and confidence to operate in cyberspace. We must find ways to give a voice to all those who will normally will not have a voice on the Internet, because of the activities of some misguided elements.
I would want you to share your ideas with us, as we all ponder on the easiest want to lift this veil and create better trust on the net, for Nigerian business.  Do not hesitate to drop me a line. Together, we can all achieve more!
Your President,
Rev’d Sunday Folayan


Running a Successful Blog

Many people would like to turn blogging into a business. Find below 5 things that could help a blog become successful.
Key factors that could make blog a successful:
  • Niche topic – Investing in domain names and anyone can participate. There are few excellent blogs and websites covering the business of domain names but the number is quite small when compared to other businesses such as graphic design or web development.
  • Field expertise – Field knowledge will allow you to share expert insight that others wouldn’t be able to provide. When you learn something or think something may be helpful to others, you will generally be willing to share that information.
  • Frequency of articles – You must constantly write articles that you think would be relevant to readers. You must also do your best to write about current events and topics that are trending. If something happens that you think would be of interest to people in the business, you can generally publish an article stating your thoughts on the matter.
  • Engaged audience – Just about every article that is published has insightful commentary from readers. Frequently, there are excellent discussions and helpful information shared in the comment section.

The .ng string is a critical National resource and Nigeria’s unique identity on the World Wide Web. NiRA, as an Industry-led stakeholder organization, is the registry for Nigerian Internet Domain Names (.ng), and maintains the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the interest of Nigerians and the global Internet community.
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of the DNS Industry. Using the .ng Awards, NIRA celebrates 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 rewarding experience for all. NIRA acknowledges the great work being done out there and desire people to know, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight.

NiRA signs Memorandum of Understanding with KeNIC, Kenya and AFRINIC.
On Tuesday 24th January, in Nairobi Kenya, NiRA brokered deeper relationships with the signing of the Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with KeNIC, the manager and administrator of Kenya’s country code Top-Level Domain Name (.ke ccTLD) and African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Ltd.
The Memorandum of Understanding with AFRINIC creates an accessibility to International IPv6 certification for Nigerian System and Network Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers.

AFRINIC is Approaching IPv4 Exhaustion Phase 1

Recently, African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Ltd., announced that the IPv4 inventory will soon reach a point where the "Current Phase" will end, and "Exhaustion Phase 1" of the IPv4 Soft Landing policy will begin. This is an update on the implementation of the IPv4 Soft Landing policy.
AFRINIC's available inventory of IPv4 space is summarized here, updated daily.
In 2011, the AFRINIC community passed an "IPv4 Soft Landing" policy to deal with the exhaustion of IPv4 address space.  That policy was well documented.
The soft landing policy defines several phases for exhaustion of the IPv4 address space: the "Current Phase", "Exhaustion Phase 1", and "Exhaustion Phase 2".  These phases begin and end according to criteria defined in the policy, based on the amount of address space remaining in AFRINIC's IPv4 pool.
Total Domain names registration and renewals (5574) for January 2017 are better than December 2016 (4381), which is more than the January 2015 figures OF 2571. It is apparent that there is obvious increase in the .ng domain name. More and more .ng domain names are being registered and actively used on the Internet for businesses, blogging, etc. We are indeed looking forward to an interesting year.



ICANN58 in Copenhagen!

AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen
Center Boulevard 5 Copenhagen 2300  Denmark
ICANN58 will be held 11-16 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

Africa Internet Summit 2017

Date: 21st May to 2nd June 2017
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

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