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A Message From The President

May 26, 2016                       Volume 4 No. 82

ICANN Arrives in AFRICA, and Busy Days Ahead

ICANN opened its first Africa Office at Nairobi Kenya two days ago. It will be the first African office. NIRA believes the opening of the African office in Nairobi, Kenya symbolizes the build-up of an enhanced community powered by ICANN. We believe that this is the beginning of many successes to be attained in Africa and look forward to the opening up of such offices in Nigeria and the rest of Africa on a later date.

In the next few days, there will be a number of Activities that will keep us all busy.

As part of NiRA’s efforts to bridge the knowledge gap in the DNS Industry in Nigeria and in Africa, we shall mount the 2016 edition of the .ng Media College on 21st of June 2016. Coordinated by the NiRA Academy, it is targeted towards the Gentlemen of the Fourth Realm, to facilitate better reporting of events in the Domain Name System Industry. NiRA believes that the DNS industry is the income generator of the future with abundant business opportunities. NiRA long ago, recognized the importance of the partnership with the Press, who have the capability to inform and educate the public on the potentials of the DNS Industry.

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NEWS!


ICANN’s Africa Engagement Office Opening Nairobi, Kenya


Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was at the opening of ICANN’s first Engagement Office in Africa.  NiRA delegates were in attendance at the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, when the announcement was made by the ICANN Board Chair, Steve Crocker. He broke the news  of the opening of ICANN’s first African Office in Nairobi, Kenya. While making his opening remarks, Dr. Crocker said: “I’m proud to announce that ICANN’s first engagement center in Africa will open in Nairobi, Kenya.”

The Kenya office – called ICANN Engagement Centre – was formally opened on Tuesday 24th May 2016, in Nairobi. The opening of the Nairobi office comes after 6 years when the country played host to ICANN37 meeting in March 2010.
 
ICANN’s Nairobi office will act as the organisation’s foothold in Africa and be focused on championing Institutional engagement with Stakeholders, including Governments, Civil societies, Technical and Academic Institutions. NiRA applauds the decision and has observed ICANN’s intent on becoming increasingly international in terms of its outlook, policies and the composition of its community. We at NiRA believe that the opening of this local office in Africa should create a more level playing ground for Africans.
 
Congratulations ICANN, Congratulations Kenya!!
 


TECH SPEAK

Whois Records & Whois Look Ups
Being able to contact a domain name owner (or website administrator) is important for a variety of reasons. It isn’t always easy and quite often, it necessitates a bit of Internet savvy and research. Fortunately, WHOIS, the connection between domain name ownership and the web browsing community, is a free tool that is commonly used to determine the owner of a particular domain name. The NiRA WHOIS can be accessed via the link http://www.nira.org.ng/index.php/nira-support/whois.
 
As a worldwide database, WHOIS stores domain name ownership in the form of contact records. It’s regulated by The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and it stores contact information for a domain name’s registrant (the person who purchased a domain) and registrar (the company that registered the domain name on the registrant’s behalf).
 
Information in a Whois Record
Other information includes dates that a domain was created, the name servers associated with a domain and the domain name’s expiration date. If any of that information changes between the time the domain was created and will expire, that information is appended to a record as an update. A registrant’s company name, contact information, phone number, mailing address, and email address are a part of the Whois record for each domain name.
 
What WHOIS is For
Over the years, people have consulted WHOIS for a variety of reasons. Its original purpose was to maintain the security and integrity of the Internet. Today, people frequently use it to identify the people behind cyber-crimes, like illegal distribution of copyrighted material, copyright and trademark violations, spamming and malicious virus distribution. These types of activities make WHOIS an indispensable tool more than ever before. For domain investors, WHOIS records are often used to contact domain owners to buy or sell domain names.
Accurate WHOIS information is required to be kept by domain name Registrars. In the case where the WHOIS records are invalid, a person or business may report an invalid WHOIS record to ICANN using a form on the ICANN website. Many domain registrars also have means to report invalid WHOIS listings. From NiRA website, if the Registrar fails to maintain accurate WHOIS record, it means that information of Registrants are inaccurate and would be misleading.
WHOIS Lookups
Domain registries and registrars offer a tool for people to perform WHOIS searches or WHOIS lookups, and the results give contact information for the registrant as well as technical and administrative contacts. Third party paid services like Domain Tools offer historical WHOIS records, and a service called Whoisology allows people to search for domains
WHOIS Privacy
Many registrants prefer to have their domain names registered privately. This means that they are paying the domain registrar to use the contact information for a privacy service, usually affiliated with the domain registrar. The cost for privacy depends on the domain registrar, but it isn’t very expensive. In the case of a court order or a subpoena, the privacy may be removed. Domain registrars could have different policies regarding the release of private WHOIS records. NiRA WHOIS maintains basic information of the Registrants for security reasons. Registrars are encouraged to maintain accurate basic data of the Registrants.
UPCOMING EVENTS



Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) 2016
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time: 9:00 am  (Nigeria Local Time)
Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’adua Conference Center Abuja
Africa Internet Summit 2016
(Workshop and Meetings)

Date: 29th May to 10th June 2016
Venue: Gaborone, Botswana


Advanced Registry Operators Course, Gaborone Botswana
Date: May 30 - Jun 05, 2016
Venue:Botswana 
Communication Regulatory Authority

2016 IT Professional Assembly

Date: 8th to 9th June 2016
Venue: Hotel Seventeen, 6 Tafawa Balewa/Lafiya Road, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

VENUE: NKF Resource Center, NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos State.
DATE:    Tuesday, 21st June, 2016.


Date: 27th to 30th June 2016
Venue: Finlandia Hall Ltd, Mannerheimintie 13 e, 00100 Helsinki, Finland.


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

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