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AFRINIC 27 MEETING

West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF)

The 9th West Africa Forum on Internet Governance (WAIGF) which held from the 27th to 28th,  July 2017 at the Golden Tulip Le Diplomate in Cotonou, Benin Republic, the theme was  “Digital Security for Socio – Economic Development and Peace”. The WAIGF aims to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process. Nigeria was represented the Convener of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), who is also the immediate past President of NiRA, Mrs. Mary Uduma as well as the President of NIRA, Revd Sunday Folayan.

 

Earlier, at the 2017 NIGF which held on 13th July 2017 in Kaduna State, the state government acknowledged the importance of Internet Governance as a veritable tool for economic development, Security and Sustainability.  According to the Convener, Mrs. Mary Uduma, “the NIGF is aimed at providing a sustainable National Forum and structure that engages industry, government, lawmaker, the academia, civil society and all Stakeholders in a strategic national debate on internet governance.

 

Discussions on Internet Governance are always on the hot burner at gatherings that focus on the growth and development of the Internet. There are various viewpoints on the application of shared principles, decision making procedures, norms and rules. But all agree that key decisions must be taken in the interest of all. 

 

The is no longer just a "communication tool". As the issues associated with it are numerous, the governance of the Internet is now seen as a broader concept that includes issues bordering on political, technical and security. The African continent has become sensitized on the need to participant and engage in international negotiations on Internet Governance, in order to contribute its quota to the development of the African continent, and has engaged actively since the WSIS process. Africa continues to participate in the multi-stakeholder initiatives.

 

Next on the radar is the 12th Internet Governance Forum, scheduled for 18th to 21st December 2017 at Geneva, Switzerland with the theme “Shape Your Digital Future”.  There would be discussions on “Empowering Global Cooperation on CyberSecurity for Sustainable Development & Peace”, “Gender Inclusion and the Future of the Internet”, etc. It promises to be another enriching experience on how the Internet affects our lifes, best practices and experiences.

 

AFRICA DNS FORUM 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Stakeholders from around the globe, in the African Domain name business gathered last week in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, for the 5th edition of the Africa Domain Name System Forum 2017, to discuss the topic: Taking stock of the Africa DNS Industry and planning ahead. The forum held 26th to 28th July 2017.

The forum follows up on the success of previous fora that had taken place in Africa over the past few years – namely (South Africa-2013, Nigeria-2014, Kenya-2015 and Morocco-2016).

Organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Society (ISOC) and Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), this year’s Forum was hosted by the Tanzania Network Information Centre (tzNIC).

This annual event enables Registries, Registrars and other stakeholders share experiences, interact and learn from each other about the Domain Name Industry. This year's event was rewarding as it fostered discussions on cross border collaboration among the registries. NiRA was represented at the event. 

One of the key topics of the Forum was the recent released report https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2017-06-24-en, the first of its kind in the region, which provides a detailed analysis of the DNS market for 54 countries. Among other topics that were discussed are:

  • Legal issues affecting African registries, registrars and resellers
  • Securing the African Domain Name System
  • IPv6 and the role of African registries and registrars
  • Emerging trends in the Domain Name System
  • Enhancing automation of our services
  • Building technical capacity of our registries
  • Addressing Governance and regulatory challenges, and
  • Improving our business and marketing skills

 At the conclusion of AFRICA DNS FORUM 2017, NiRA was recognized with an award for its contribution to DNS business in Africa and for hosting the 2nd edition of DNS forum in Africa.

 

AFRINIC 27: AFRINIC TEAM SITE VISIT in NIGERIA

NiRA played host to the AFRINIC Team that came to inspect facilities in the preparation for the AFRINIC 27 meeting, scheduled to hold 27th November to 2nd December 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Part of the planned agenda for AFRINIC-27 is to call on the International Community to increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in developing countries. There will also be a strong call for the implementation of IPv6 in Africa.

The team took the opportunity to attend the first day of the LCCI ECTEL EXPO 2017 and had the opportunity to interact with eminent personalities in the ICT Industry in Nigeria. The team was warmly received at all locations and received the assurance that Nigeria would successfully host AFRINIC-27.

DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION STATISTICS MAY, JUNE & JULY 2017

The fresh domain registrations for July 2017 was 4,363 whilst the renewals for the same month was 2,143. These are the second highest figures in the year 2017. The figures for these periods in 2017 are still higher than the corresponding 2016 registrations. With increase in the number of accredited registrars, domain name registration and renewals are on the increase.

 

Preparing for 100,000 .ng Domains

It has been a very busy week for the entire NIRA team. From preparing to host the AfriNIC-27 meeting in November 2017, to the various workshops and conferences within and outside the country, pushing the .ng adoption is getting stronger by the day.

We do have something to show for it!

The domain count for the Nigerian Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) continues to make impressive gains, month on month. Considering the fact that not all domains that are registered get renewed at the end of the day, we only reckon with the number of active domains in the registry at any point in time.

It is heart-warming that the number of domains in the registry continues to grow in excess of 2,000 domains monthly. This is due to the hard work of the Registrars and the Resellers, in making sure that .ng continues to be the domain of choice for all Nigerians. Thank you for your hard work in this regard.

At the current rate, the number of active .ng domains will cross the 100,000 mark between October and November 2017. It is a milestone that we will celebrate, and is worthy of being celebrated.

We need to get many more people on board, but some Nigerians still live in denial. They claim that the Nigerian string is too long, and sometimes expensive. I went past the delivery truck of a courier company, which for this message, I will call “Distro”, with the domain name distro-ng.com. If the same company had registered distro.com.ng, it is the same length as distro-ng.com and costs much lower.

You can help us enlighten those who are yet to switch to .ng. Government and Nigerian businesses should be proud to fly our identity. When you see such hybrid domain names like distro-ng.com or distronigeria.com, please drop them an email and ask them whether they have heard of .ng before?  Let us now get the word out there. .ng is for us all, and Nigerians should not hesitate to claim their identity and use it.

Let us step up the campaign!

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board