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A Message From The President

April 13, 2017                       Volume 5 No. 105

The Diary of a busy President

The 2017 .ng Awards will hold on Friday 21st April 2017 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel. Awards will be given to individuals and organizations contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name space and the promotion of the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry in Nigeria.  The .ng Awards is a yearly event and this year’s edition promises to be more glamourous than the 2016 event. Many individuals and organisations have confirmed attendance.

Come Friday 28th April 2017, the NiRA 9th AGM will hold at NiRA Office Complex. NiRA Members will be voting to fill vacant positions on the NiRA Executive Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. As was the practice in the past, votes will be electronic at the AGM, but this is not an excuse to miss the opportunity to fellowship with other members.

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TECH SPEAK

INTERNET BRANDING STRATEGY FOR SMALL SCALE BUSINESS
Internet Branding is a word often associated with online marketing. You must have heard it, but what does it really mean? Can branding help drive more traffic to a business website and create a number of rabid fans and buyers?
 
A brand can be defined as a “trade-name, trade-mark, line, label, make, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.” And over time, this image is associated with a level of assurance, credibility, quality and satisfaction in the mind of the customer.
 
The brand of a seller can differentiate that product/ service online and separate that organisation from the crowd. To have a wider outreach in this technological age, with so many websites and Internet marketers all vying for customers, it is important to differentiate one’s offer (a Unique Selling Proposition) from that which is offered by the competition. You need a domain name, preferably a .ng domain name to place your brand online. You need a very strong domain name that speaks for itself.
 
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NEWS
DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION STATISTICS JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2017
For the month of March 2017, there were a total of 6,797 domain name registrations. This figure is more than the March 2016 registrations of 4,129. This is indeed a remarkable improvement. The March 2017 total registration is more than the total February 2017 registration of 5,254. This trend shows the improvement in the number of domain registrations. Of course the economic situation in 2016 was quite different from the economic climate in 2017. Nigerians have re-strategized in their plans for promoting their online business and hence there is improvement in the domain name count.

ICANN60 Fellowship Application
 
For those interested in participating in the ICANN60 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program, lCANN launched the application round. The meeting will take place from 28th October to 3rd November 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The deadline to apply is 10 May 2017.
 
The ICANN Fellowship program seeks out those who are interested in or already engaged in the various components of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the ICANN multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and on the global stage.
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HackBossNigeria is a hacking competition aimed at identifying and encouraging young Nigerians with skills and ability to protect our Cyberspace.
 
Thus, competition is designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity education and ethics in Forensics, System Hacking, Mobile Troubleshooting, Network Configuration and Reporting.
 
Do you work with technology, mobile devices, phones, tablets, Computers, and Networks? Do you have Cybersecurity related qualification or Certification or believe that you have the talent and skills to win? Then apply to take part in the HackBossNigeria 2017 Hacking Competition.
 
Closing Date for Application: 21 April 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS


 .ng 2017 Awards
Date: 21st of April, 2017
Venue: Oriental Hotel VI, Lagos
Venue: Oriental Hotel VI, Lagos


Internet Freedom Forum
Date:  25th to 27th April 2017
Venue: Lagos

Date: 28th of April, 2017
Venue: NiRA Office Complex, 8, Funsho Williams Avenue,
Iponri Surulere, Lagos


Africa Internet Summit 2017
Date: 21st May to 2nd June 2017
Nairobi, Kenya
 
ICANN59 | Johannesburg

Date: 26th to 29th June 2017
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Maude Street, Sandown, 2196
Johannesburg, South Africa
 

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