Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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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.