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A Message From The President

May 24, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 134
Europe’s Global Privacy Agenda, Recipe for Innovation

By tomorrow, 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) will come into effect. The law also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. Whereas it is a European law, GDPR is expected to have a global reach.

Some who argue that the rule will not achieve global reach predicate their argument on the idea that the ability of companies to collect, analyze, sell and monetize user data with minimal restrictions is the basis for an innovative digital industry. They argue that new users are drawn by free services and companies make money from the data collected. Indeed that GDPR may remain enforceable only in Europe and may not be respected in other jurisdictions.
When I first read George Orwell’s piece 1984, sometime in 1982, it was just two years to that future. In the classic, George Orwell introduced the term “Big Brother is Watching you” as an expression of life without freedom.

 In it, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. 




Choosing the Perfect Domain Name for your business

Choosing the right domain name for your business is a big decision in the thought process of starting an online business, the domain name being the foundation for your online identity. As we all know, choosing the right domain name can determine the success of your online business, especially considering that people will need to remember the name and type it accurately on their browser. On the online world, your domain name is a branding tool. There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect domain name.
Target Audience: Register a domain name under any of the SLD of the .ng ccTLD, depending on the type of business and target audience. Check for availability of the name from the .ng WHOIS



AFRINIC UPDATE-  Job Vacancies

AFRINIC Board has called for expressions of interest, from persons who wish to be considered for appointments to fill casual vacancies in the Board, in terms of article 13.14 of the AFRINIC Bylaws.  Any appointment to these vacant seats will be for a period, until the next regularly scheduled AFRINIC AGMM, in June 2019.
There are currently four casual vacancies in the AFRINIC Board. If you would like to be considered for one of these vacant seats, please complete the form at <>, no later than 23:59 UTC on 17 June 2018.
Anyone who expresses interest shall:
  • Have at least five (5) years professional experience in an area relevant to AFRINIC activities, such as Internet Resource Management, ICT, policy development, finance, audit or HR management;
  • Be available and committed to participate in Board meetings and other AFRINIC activities (face-to-face and online).
GDPR: ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the proposed "Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data."

The Board decided to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and with community-developed policies as they relate to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

"The ICANN Board's the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data is an important step towards bringing ICANN and its contracted parties into compliance with GDPR," said Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair. "While there are elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of this Temporary Specification sets us on the right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying with GDPR before its 25 May 2018 enforcement deadline."

NiRA Academy Resellers Entrepreneur Program

On Wednesday, 16th of May 2018, NIRA through its Special Purpose Vehicle, the NIRA Academy, organized its .ng Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme (REP) at NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos. The Resellers Programme aimed at developing and training entrepreneurs & aspiring entrepreneurs about the Domain Name Industry. The training also provided an insight into the vast opportunities that exist within the Domain Name Industry. Participants were encouraged to network with professionals within the Domain Name Industry as we had representatives from three NiRA Accredited Registrars at the event.
Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) encouraged participants to actively participate in the training; highlighting that NiRA creates opportunities for people to become entrepreneurs and employers of labor.


2018 Digital Sense Forum on IG4D, IPv6 roundtable
Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum (NDSF) on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable has been scheduled for 6th June 2018.
The 2018 NDSF series on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable would hold at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Cappa, Lagos.
The theme for the forum is ‘Internet Governance: Sustaining Development’.
NDSF series is organized and hosted by DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) Media, an At-Large Structure certified by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Date: 20th to 21st June 2018
Venue: Abuja International Conference Centre,
900 Herbert Macaulay Way, Area 11, Central Area, Abuja
To participate at the 2018 CPN IT ASSEMBLY, kindly register via the link


Date: 25th to 28th June 2018
Venue: Panama City
For more details, visit

2018 NIGF
This is to inform you that the 2018 Edition of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) holds on the 2nd and 3rd July 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:

6th Africa DNS Forum

Date: 3rd to 5th July 2018
Venue: Cotonou, Benin

Date: 7th July 2018
Venue: 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 has commenced on Thursday 10th May 2018. We encourage all to participate in all voting exercise. See link to cast your vote.
.ng Media College
Date: Friday 20th July 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex
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