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Domain Name Auction and other .ng Growth and Awareness Programmes in 2018

We have in the past organized events, participated in several events and embarked on projects in the bid to create awareness and keep the .ng brand in the subconscious mind of Nigerians and the entire world.

The potentials of creating a .ng domain name are numerous and had been highlighted.  The .ng domain name string can be used in many creative ways, to create domain names such as action (doing) verbs.

This year, we will be auctioning some premium and reserved domains names to the highest bidders as we delve more into the awareness programmes for the growth of the .ng brand. These programmes would take NiRA to the six geopolitical zones of our country, reaching out to the people, to project our culture and heritage as well as get as many SMEs as possible online.

The Domain Name System (DNS) industry has become increasingly central for many businesses on the global scene and it is now booming within the country. The NiRA Academy, would also conduct more training programmes that would empower the youth on employment opportunities and self-reliance.

We believe that the potentials of Nigerians in places outside Lagos and the FCT should be identified and explored. We must now consciously create the opportunities for these other regions to come online and exhibit their potentials, their talents and products.

We cannot do any of these things alone, it requires the input and efforts of all stakeholders. When you are called to be a part of any of these awareness programmes, please join us to make the necessary impact that will project the .ng brand and ultimately grow our economy.

 

Let us make 2018 much more impactful than the previous years.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NITDA and Microsoft sign MoU

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Microsoft Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Innovation and adoption in Nigeria.

The partnership will see ginger collaboration in ICT development, particularly in the areas of cloud policies, data protection and privacy laws and data classification frameworks.

Speaking on the collaboration, NITDA’s Director-General/CEO, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, said the agency is delighted to collaborate with Microsoft, saying “as regulators, our mandate is to create the right policies that foster innovation and help build a robust digital economy. Nigeria is a forward-thinking economy and one which is ready to compete in the 4th industrial revolution by having policies which drive growth and encourage investments.”

He further added: “This is a positive move towards digitalization of government processes and provides a tremendous opportunity to scale up citizen’s access to services and concurrently improve the quality of services.”

Also reiterating on the collaboration, General Manager Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso said Microsoft is happy to collaborate with NITDA.

NITDA and Microsoft will set up a joint working group for the collaboration.

SOURCE: Guardian Technology

.NG Domain Name Report as at 4th January 2018

Though we noted the slow down in fresh registrations and renewal of .ng domain names from October, November to December 2017. The general slow-down could be attributed to many reasons, including consumer spending slowdown and focusing on essentials. The total number of active .ng domain names in December 2016 was 76,907 whilst by December 2017 the number of active domain names has grown to 101,695.

Out of the number of active .ng domain names, 18,717 are .ng domain names registered at the second level. When the number of registered .ng domains exceed 20,0000, the next level of the NIRA Domain price charter will take effect.

Domain Name Ethics: Important Knowledge to avoid scams!

Understanding the rudiments of Domain Name ethics is very crucial to the registrant when it comes to the registration of domain names and to the visitors of any website in the use of the right domain names.

The knowledge of Domain Name System is very important as this knowledge will guide and guard online users from falling prey to online/internet fraudsters.  Because the domain name ecosystem is vast, we need to bear in mind that ethics is a personal set of principles. People, due to different backgrounds, share vast opinions on what is ethical and what is unethical. Sometimes, certain people deliberately aim to mislead and defraud others.

Recently, towards the Yuletide Season and towards the New Year, the gimmick introduced by the Internet fraudsters included creating sub-domain names of popular domain names and some ecommerce websites to direct people to those fraudulent website domain. These subdomains of popular websites were widely circulated via WhatsApp during the festive season with interesting massages, telling you to claim some unrealistic gifts. Unknown to many, these were scam messages.

It is therefore important to educate the populace on these and other activities to be aware of. To explain some of these Domain Name System terminologies, TLD stands for Top Level Domain. The TLDs tell you more of the type of websites you are visiting and what the domain represent. There are two types of TLDs: generic TLDs (gTLDs) and country code TLDs (ccTLDs). 

A ccTLD, usually two characters of the Latin alphabet, is an Internet Top Level domain name generally used and/ or reserved for a country, sovereign state or independent country identified with a country code. Amongst the ccTLDs, representing countries of the world, there is the .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD), representing Nigeria. For each country, there is only one ccTLD. The exceptions to the country specific domain extensions are the countries with IDN-ccTLDs (internationalized country code top-level domains).

Since the Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers (ICANN) opened up new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), there have been more than 1,000 top-level domains (TLDs) for Internet addresses;

For the .ng ccTLD, for administrative and usage purposes, different zones were created from the .ng TLD as contained in details below:

Based on the above, when someone decides to create a website, they need to also decide on a name for their domain based on the purpose/business of the website. There are open and closed SLDs. For domain registration under the closed SLDs, registration is more regulated and sufficient evidence must be provided for the registration of that domain name.

Based again on the business model, from registered domain names, one can create subdomains. A subdomain exists as a child of the registered domain. If a domain name has not been registered, it will be impossible to create a subdomain from it. A subdomain can exist as a separate website with its own unique contents but will always rely on its main registered domain to exist. Subdomain is always attached to the registered domain. For example, academy.nira.org.ng is a subdomain of nira.org.ng, the academy is the subdomain while nira.org.ng is the registered domain name

So, academy is the subdomain of nira domain registered on the .org zone, seen as non-for-profit organizations and .ng country code TLD.

To avoid being a victim of these internet fraudsters that now use subdomains to perpetrate their illicit acts, it is important to understand and know the real source of a link. Subdomains always come from the left side of all links. Look at the domain name from the right side of the link. It will show the real source of the link and the name could indicate if the link is a fake phishing link. Once you identify a phishing link, do not circulate. Reduce the risk for others.

Analyzing one of the fake links circulated on the WhatsApp with a Jumia.com.ng subdomain during the Yuletide: http://jumia.com.ng.new-vouchers.win

The real Jumia website domain name is Jumia.com.ng

From the fake link posted, taking a closer look at the link, jumia.com.ng came first in the link from the left side. This signifies that it is a subdomain of the domain new-vouchers.win. The main website of that link is new-vouchers.win

The link jumia.com.ng was created as subdomain new-vouchers.win to deceive people into thinking they are actually visiting Jumia.com.ng

Remember to always study the links and be sure of the source of the domain name before clicking on it. The Rule of thumb is read from the right of every link to know the real domain name before clicking. Anything from the left side is just a sub. Stay safe while surfing the net!

 

Used, with the kind permission of a patriotic Nigerian

Happy New Year!

Finally, the year 2018 is here!! Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a  Happy New Year. While thanking God for seeing us through 2017, my prayer is that we will all experience divine guidance in all that we do in 2018 and beyond.

This New Year brings another set of opportunities and challenges. We shall seize every opportunity to connect with all stakeholders in the .ng community, to ensure more positive online presence of Nigerians, Nigerian businesses, the Nigerian culture and promote further awareness of the .ng brand. We shall “preach” the benefits of getting online and using .ng domain names, for further growth of our economy and job creation. Together, by the grace of God, We shall succeed.

We shall be hosting a special program for Nigerian bloggers early this year, in recognition of the potent reach of bloggers within the Internet community. We want the .ng brand, to be the preferred brand for Nigerians, Africans and indeed, people of the world. Be on the look out for this.

We still have a lot of work to do to make the .ng domain the preferred brand and we are determined to achieve our goals in not only growing the numbers but also to ensure a safer Internet and create entrepreneurship opportunities for our teeming Youth.

I sincerely hope we will all work hard to achieve all our set goals. Let us get the folks out there to hop on the train for their online presence, ensuring they use the .ng domain name to identify themselves, their  businesses and brand.

NIRA will continue to strive at providing an enabling environment and I am confident that with hard work and your support we would cover a lot more grounds this year.

 

Let us roll up our sleeves and get to work!

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

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