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ICANN UPDATE: Implementing ICANN’s Africa Strategy

This is five years since ICANN developed the African Strategy; ICANN's first regional strategy to be developed as a tool for engaging with the continent. ICANN is thankful to the African Internet community for its continuous support of ICANN along with a great spirit of collaboration. In the past five years, the African community's has increased its participation in ICANN.

ICANN has also noted that Africa still needs further effective involvement in ICANN activities. Capacity building in Africa is a long-term initiative requiring dedicated resources, which in turn requires strategic partnerships to be built. Africa must develop a formal engagement strategy with ICANN. It is noted that though governments in Africa have a better understanding of ICANN, they may still expect ICANN to respond to issues beyond its remit such as online content, privacy, new technologies like the Internet of things and artificial intelligence amongst others.

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.NG Domain Name Active Domains as at 30th April 2018

The growth of .ng domain names is encouraging. For the month of April 2018, the total number of domain names registered (fresh registration and renewals) is 7219 whilst for March 2018, the total domain name registrations (fresh registration and renewals) was 7319. And in comparison, for April 2017, this figure stands at 5855.

NiRA 10th AGM Highlights 

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 30th April, 2018 at the NiRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos. The AGM was well attended by NiRA Members, Stakeholders, Observers and the Press.

The primary purpose of the AGM was for the NiRA Executive Board of Directors, to give account of the 2017 activities and the business plan for financial year 2018 of the Association to members and the stakeholders.

Reverend Sunday Folayan, the NiRA President reported on the growth in the number of .ng domain name registrations and the adopted price charter, which is based on domain registration landmarks at the second level. All NiRA activities seek to create awareness of the Nigerian online identity. The price charter seeks to progressively reduce the price of the .ng domain name based on the number of active 2nd level .ng domain names.

NiRA Plans to hold an electronic general meeting within the next three months to elect a member, to fill the void on its Executive Board of Directors.

AFTLD Workshop in Dakar, Senegal

At the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) at Dakar, Senegal, the Africa Top Level Domain Organization (aFTLD) concluded its workshop program for representatives of country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) Registries in Africa.

AFTLD is the association of top level country code domain name (ccTLD) managers in the Africa region with the main objective of helping African ccTLD managers on issues and trends around management of ccTLDs.

The workshop took place Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May 2018 with the theme “Secure Registry Operations course”. The workshop aimed at Building a Secure Registry System for African ccTLD Registries. Representatives from over 10 African ccTLDs including NiRA and the Senegalese local registrars were in attendance at the workshop.

At the workshop, there was a lot of emphasis on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new European (EU) regulation is seen as one of the most important changes in data privacy regulation in 20 years and it important to make sure African ccTLD registries are prepared before its final enforcement date on 25 May 2018. After this date, those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.

The Council of Country Code Administrators (CoCCA) as an Internet Infrastructure Support Company first established in 2004 maintains the registry software used by the managers of 59 Top Level Domain registries. Mr. Garth Miller, the project manager at CoCCA Registry Services (NZ) Limited was at the workshop to educate participants on the new trends in Domain Name System industries.

The participants promised to continue to share ideas and information of benefit among the African Registries and ensure working on the best practices in Domain Name System industry.

Acting locally to build Global Innovative Solutions

Sunday FolayanGoogle’s exhibition at the CES2018 Show this week, that unveiled the Google Assistant making phone calls to schedule appointments without the people at the other end realising they are speaking to a machine, is truly innovative. It is indeed proof that machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is coming of age. Man and Machines are finally coming together to form the next-generation Social network.

Various Technologies have helped to accelerate the confluence of Man and Machines. These include, but not limited to Ubuquitous Connectivity, Widespread Adoption of IP based Networks, Miniaturization, Computing Economics, the rise of Cloud Computing and of course, advances in Data Analytics.

Globalization and the Era continues to play a very significant part in the push to offload tasks from man to machines. We are in an era that is Borderless, Etherless and Classless. Indeed, the world does not sleep. From Alaska to Australia, somebody is waking up, and another person is going to bed.

Businesses and Services must break new barriers to remain relevant to the needs and aspirations of human beings. Businesses now speak to consumers’ insatiable needs. What was desirable last year, is out of vogue this year. Businesses are on an endless quest, asking what do people want?  What else will they need? How else can they be helped?

What is clear is that no matter the target society, whether local or global, the focus of a business should be Excellence. Giving Clear and definite direction of its products and services with exceptional Stakeholders' buy-in, quick turnaround and unscripted delivery, leading to conclusiveness in customer satisfaction.

We recognize that most businesses want to play in the global arena, but starting small and starting with a rich heritage is important to the success a business will achieve. NOKIA started in Finland. Indeed, the name means sable. Whereas the company is global, it remains a Finnish company.

It is important for us, how we can continue to make .ng the ccTLD of choice for innovative businesses in Nigeria. What are you doing to build the next great business out of Nigeria? We would like to hear from you.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

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