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A Message From The President

June 21, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 136
The Internet is for everyone

The foresight that took the Internet from a Department of Defense experiment in the United States of America, to a global phenomenon that has since changed Communication, Commerce, Education, Agriculture, Health and very many other spheres of human life should be commended.
 
It has brought about an unprecedented development in many areas. These changes are systematic and not random. They are years of careful planning, discussions and diverse contributions from diverse quarters.
 
Unfortunately, there are still many people who do not have access to the Internet or who cannot afford the cost of getting on the Internet even for very many basic needs.
 
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TECH SPEAK

Benefit of Using the Nigerian Identity on the Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) assigns to each country and territory, a country code top level domain (ccTLDs) acronym.  For almost twenty years, ICANN has worked closely with managers of ccTLDs (the two-letter TLDs established for countries and some territories). For Nigeria the ccTLD is .ng, for Uganda the ccTLD is .ug, for Egypt the ccTLD is .eg, etc.

The benefits of using a .ng domain name for your website include: 
  • This is our National Identity and Pride
  • You have direct access to the Managers of the .ng ccTLD should there be challenges with the domain name
  • Local targeting and Search Engine Optimization: This will ensure your business appears whilst in the search for your type of business in our geographical region (Nigeria)
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NEWS

Mr. Murtala Abdullahi joins NiRA Board
Mr. Murtala Abdullahi, an entrepreneur who is the Founder of Smartweb Nigeria Ltd and Eshal Concept Enterprises has been elected to the Board of NIRA.
 
His election is sequel to the resolution of members at the 10th NiRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 30th of April 2018, that the vacant position on the NiRA Board should be filled by conducting an electronic General Meeting e-GM in accordance with the constitution of NIRA. 

Mr. Abdullahi’s election is the culmination of the process of Nominations and electronic voting, which took place over a period of seven weeks. READ MORE
Mr Biyi Oladipo Appointed as ICANN ccNSO Liaison to the GNSO

Mr. Adebiyi Oladipo, the Financial Secretary of NIRA has been appointed by the Country Code Name Support Organization (ccNSO) of ICANN as one of its Liaisons to the Generic Top Level Domain Name Support Organization (GNSO) of ICANN. The appointment is with effect from May 2018.
As specified in the ccNSO Guideline for Liaison and Observers, the ccNSO appointed liaison to the GNSO shall report to the ccNSO Council monthly on the activities of the respective organization. The ccNSO appointed Liaison to the GNSO shall represent ccNSO values in these efforts, shall pursue specific direction from the ccNSO Council as and when given, and shall seek ccNSO Council advice as and when needed.

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2018 Digital Sense Forum on IG4D, IPv6 roundtable

The Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum (NDSF) on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable held on the 6th June 2018 at Co-operative Hall Oshodi Secretariat, Oshodi LGA with the theme “Internet Governance: Sustaining Development”.
 
Mrs. Nkem Nweke, the Executive Director Operations DigitalSENSE Africa Media, in her Opening Remarks highlighted the aims and achievements of DigitalSENSE Africa in the past 9 years and its tenacity in its continued creation of awareness for IPv6 in Nigeria.
 
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 GLOBAL  MEDIA FORUM in Bonn, Germany

Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum (GMF) is the only international media conference that brings together decision-makers and influencers from the worlds of Journalism, Digital Media, Politics, Business, Civil Society and Academia. The 2018 GMF held from 11th to 13th June 2018 in Germany.
 
Nigeria was represented by two worthy emissaries, Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director Paradigm Initiative and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA) Jnr, Founder CFAtech.ng and a Director, on the Board of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). Mr. Sesan spoke on “Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality at Stake: How to defend Digital Rights”.

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The Sixth Africa DNS Forum
The sixth Africa DNS Forum will take place 3rd to 5th July 2018 at Cotonou, Benin under the theme “Building a Sustainable Domain Name Industry in Africa”. The Forum is co-organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), and AfRegistrar. It will be hosted by the Regulatory Authority of Communications Electronics in Benin (ARCEP). This year's forum follows on the success of the preceding forums, held in Durban, South Africa (2013), Abuja, Nigeria (2014), Nairobi, Kenya (2015), Marrakech, Morocco (2016), and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2017).

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BPW LEKKI ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Business and Professional Women (BPW) Lekki chapter held her Annual conference on the 7th June 2018 at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos. BPW is an affiliated member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW international) and it is one of the most influential International Networks.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
ICANN 62

Date: 25th to 28th June 2018
Venue: Panama City
For more details, visit https://meetings.icann.org/en/panamacity62

2018 Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF)
This is to inform you that the 2018 Edition of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) holds on the 2nd and 3rd July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yaradua Center, Central Business District Abuja.
This year’s forum, with the theme, Internet: An enabler for good Governance’’, is focusing on multi-stakeholder dialogue on how the Internet will enable both e-Governance and public governance in Nigeria. The outcome is expected to enhance consensus building among stakeholders on Internet Governance framework, address the most critical and evolving issues on Internet Governance and also advance the nation’s position at the regional and global IGF.
The 2018 edition of the NIGF will also feature hands-on experiences on Internet governance for the youths to build capacity in value creation and empowerment that the Internet presents with the theme “Internet for Opportunities, Value Creation and Empowerment” on the 2nd of July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yarádua Centre, Central Business District, Abuja.
To register online visit the website: www.nigf.org.ng.
 


Date: 6th July 2018
Venue: Celebration Gardens International Hall, Ikeja, Lagos
 
NiRA would host the 2018 .ng Awards on the 6th July 2018 in Lagos. The voting for nominated website hosted with .ng domain names had commenced on Thursday 10th May 2018. Voting would end by Friday, 22nd June 2018. We encourage all to participate in the voting exercise. Use link https://nira.org.ng/ngawards to cast your vote.

Celebrating 20 Years of Internet governance in Africa
July 06, 2018,
Cotonou, Republic of Benin


Pierre Dandjinou , The convenor has stated that they have firm patronage from the Ministry in charge of the digital economy of the Republic of Benin and that invitations have been sent to key partners, namely the UNDP, Organisation de la Francophonie, USAID, ISOC, ICANN, AFRINIC..etc
The sponsorship campaign has been launched and we look forward to your contributions and donations are sought.
The pre-conference event of 5th July in the afternoon has been confirmed with a cultural tour from 14.00pm to 19.00 pm
Conference agenda has been drafted and key panelists have been contacted - This event is being organized back to back with the 6th Africa DNS Forum organized by AFTLD, ICANN and other partners, and hosted by ARCEP (The telco regulator) of Benin
 
Pierre Dandjinou Convenor, AIG 2018, stated that they are looking “forward to your firm confirmation of attendance (off list, to me copying muriel.alapini@gmail.com and your contribution and donations. Again, the event is being organized by the African Internet community who should contribute to the overall budget by covering their own fees. Of course if/when the sponsorship permit, we will consider a fellowship for a few participants. So, let us know whether you need any support (either for both your trip and accommodation or anyone of the two.)”


2018 .ng Media College

Date: Friday 20th July 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex
 
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