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A Message From The President

August 18, 2016                       Volume 4 No. 88

Nourishing .ng, The next cash cow!

We are all aware of the state of our national economy, especially the effects of the fluctuating foreign exchange (FOREX) rate. It has a huge impact on the Information Technology (IT) space because most of the software and hardware used in the country still are acquired from overseas. Any dip in the FOREX rate affects the cost of acquisition and deployment of IT solutions

For the discerning, every challenge creates opportunities! Indeed, many opportunities!!
 
The falling FOREX rate clearly creates opportunities for the growth of home grown IT solutions. As Nigerians, we have the capacity to develop and deploy IT solutions that can be exported. Every developing economy must take technological growth as a high priority project because ICT plays a major role in economic development not only in the urban areas but also in the rural areas. Any country that wants to develop must pay attention to its Technological Infrastructure development.  Nigeria should not be an exception.

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NEWS!

eNigeria 2016
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will host the 9th eNigeria Conference and Expo 2016 with the theme “Leveraging on IT Innovation for Economic Diversification’ to identify with the current goals of the Nigerian government to diversify the economy.
The aim of this year’s event is to showcase how to cope with the rapid dwindling revenues from the oil sector and create new revenue opportunities directly through ICT or by using ICT to aid other non-oil sectors.
The event, scheduled to take place between 22nd and 24th November 2016 at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, is expected to attract players; in the Nigerian innovation ecosystem and foreign stakeholders to share experiences, identify challenges and propose strategies for using ICT-enabled innovation and entrepreneurship to diversify the economy and create jobs.
The eNigeria 2016 will also cater for a section of Startups and Innovation, where new startups will showcase their innovations. It would also attract potential investors into the vital growth segment of the global ICT economy.
 
The eNigeria event will be a flagship conference and expo.  This year, NITDA plans to have global and local players with strong startup-pull such as Uber, Facebook, Jumia, Konga and the likes to join the league of participants at the event.
 

Call for Public Comment on IANA IPR Agreements
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Trust, the operational communities and ICANN called for public comment, soliciting feedback on draft agreements designed to address a requirement from the Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multi-stakeholder Community. The Proposal includes a requirement for certain Intellectual Property Rights ( IPR)  (consists of trademarks and domain names)  associated with IANA be transferred from ICANN to an entity independent of the IANA Functions Operator and held for the benefit of the entire community.
Public comment is sought on three major areas concerning the IPR related to the IANA stewardship transition: namely IANA IPR Assignment Agreement, IANA IPR License Agreement (model) and IANA IPR Community Agreement. The public comments are hosted on a neutral site of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG).
After public comment inputs are reviewed and considered, the agreements will be finalized. The agreements are expected to be signed upon successful completion of the IANA Stewardship Transition.
 
ICANN is a party to some of the agreements posted for comment:
Comments are expected 12th of September 2016. Comments should be submitted via email to IANAIPRpubliccomment@ianacg.org. For more detailed information, please visit https://www.ianacg.org/call-for-public-comment-on-iana-ipr-agreements/.
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TECH SPEAK

PROMOTING CHILD ONLINE SAFETY

The Internet has brought untold benefits to children around the world, with the number of connected households increasing each year. The potential for good is undisputed as it creates unprecedented opportunities for children and young people to connect, share, learn, access information, communicate and express their opinions on matters that affect their lives and their communities.

The Internet has become increasingly accessible young people, especially Nigerian children, both at home and in schools. While surfing the Internet, children and young people participate in a dynamic online environment that allows them to generate, manipulate and consume Internet content like never before, cementing their place and identity in online communities.

However, the Internet has also raised new and disturbing issues of vulnerability, especially where children are concerned. These are growing concerns on the distribution of abuse materials targeted at children, making them vulnerable to child cyber bullying, harassment, exploitation, extremism, brainwashing for terrorist acts, violence and human trafficking resulting into unpleasant consequences of the information age.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

INRM & IPv6 Course

Date: 23rd - 26th Aug. 2016
Registration link: http://learn.afrinic.net/trp1/content/nigeria-lagos-inrm-ipv6-aug-2016


NIGF and CITAD North east Zonal IGF
Theme: The Internet of our choice: Empowering women and protecting Children online.
Date: 25th August, 2016
Venue: Prof Iya Abubakar Center Bauchi.



Date: Sep. 12 to Sep 16, 2016
Venue: UCAD, Dakar, Senegal



Date: 16th to 20th OCTOBER 2016
Venue: DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

ICANN57 in Hyderabad

Date: 3rd to 9th November 2016
Venue: Hyderabad, India
 
ITU Telecom World 2016
 
Date: 14th to 17th November 2016
Venue: Impact Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
 
 
eNigeria Conference

Date: 22nd – 24th November, 2016
Theme: Leveraging on IT Innovation for Economic Diversification.
Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja.
 

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