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2018 .ng Awards press release

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The impact of GDPR outside the EU!

The Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec will be replaced with the new General Data Protection Regulation on the 25th of May 2018 in every country in the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains protections for EU data subjects, contains sanctions for non-compliant data controllers and processors. The GDPR represents the most significant change to data protection law in more than two decades. However, the reach of the GDPR will not be limited to Europe.

Cyberattacks have and are continually making headlines, impacting businesses and individuals alike as hackers look to steal sensitive data and make a quick payday. Techniques are becoming more sophisticated to avoid detection, convince users to download malicious files and extort businesses into paying to restore their data. The breaches over the years have taught individual users and business leaders many lessons, but organizations as well as governments must prepare for the potential threats of the future.                               

Everyone within an organization is responsible for protecting the customer and business data, but the results of security efforts vary. As safeguarding becomes more of a priority, government bodies are creating their own initiatives to ensure that every company follows cyber protocols. The European Union recently launched the General Data Protection Regulation, which will impact all transactions within EU member states.


ICANN61 Kicks Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The ICANN61 Community Forum is ongoing in San Juan, Puerto Rico with about 2,000 participants from 150 countries taking part in over 300 sessions. The Public Meeting will end on the 15th March 2018.

ICANN meetings are an important part of how the Internet global community interacts, give diverse group of stakeholders a chance to meet face-to-face and develop policy and advice in a more personal, collaborative environment. They're also a great opportunity to learn about the wider community and see what fellow stakeholders are working hard on.

Hosting ICANN61 in Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria is a testament to the commitment to the development of the Internet community.

ICANN 61 meeting has proven to be another week of intense discussion, important work, and productive sessions.

NIRA is represent at ICANN61, following up with global trends in the Domain Name industry and contributing in the ongoing discussions.



On the 9th of March 2018, National Information Technology Development Agency launched its “Startup Friday” programme at Emerald Event Center Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The “Startup Friday” is a smart gathering for ICT Entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, find support and bridge the seed funding gap in Nigeria. StartUp Friday is aimed at identifying exceptional young brilliant and talented Nigerians with ICT solutions for the Agency to support, promote and better their products & services

This 9th edition tagged “StartupFriday Uyo”, provided an avenue for NITDA through its Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to further reiterate the Agency’s effort in ensuring proper development and regulation of Information Technology for Sustainable National Development in Nigeria. The DG further disclosed the Agency’s plan to establish Digital Job Centre in Akwa Ibom State. He said the project was part of the FG’s measures to create jobs for Nigeria teeming youths.

At the event, 10 Startups were accorded the opportunity of pitching their solutions to the audience and Budgetier emerged the best. The top three startups received the seed funds to support the continuation and success of the projects. It is worthy of note that the startup that emerged the best had a .ng domain name (












On Thursday 7th March 2018, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu inaugurated the new governing Board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.

NITDA's new Governing Board is charged with the responsibility of formulating policies for the management of NITDA.

The seven-man governing board is led by Prof Adeolu Akande as Chairman and the others members are Honorable Kazeem Salako, Dr Lawal Bello Moriki, Hajia Binta Mohammed, Mr. Uche Onwude, Rt. Hon Abdullai Bello and Sen J.J. Akpanunudoedehe. The newly inaugurated board members have various levels of experiences from both the private and public sector.

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