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What to Expect During the ICANN Root KSK Rollover

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has published a guide to let people know what to expect when it changes the cryptographic keys that help protect the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).  The changing of the keys, known as the "Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover" is scheduled for 11th of October 2018. The new ICANN guide is intended for those with all levels of technical expertise and will help everyone prepare for the rollover.  This is part of the ICANN’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the rollover and will also share more details on the rollover process.

The guide can be accessed on ICANN’s website. While ICANN expects user impact from the root KSK rollover to be minimal, a small percentage of Internet users are expected to see problems in resolving domain names, which in lay terms means they will have problems reaching their online destination. There is currently a small number of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) validating recursive resolvers that are misconfigured and some of the users relying upon these resolvers may experience problems. This document describes which users are most likely to see problems, and among those - what types of issues they will face at various times.

Data analysis suggests that more than 99% of users whose resolvers are validating will be unaffected by the KSK rollover. Users who use at least one resolver that is ready for the rollover will see no change in their use of the DNS or the Internet in general after the rollover. (The same is true for users whose resolvers do not perform DNSSEC validation at all. Current estimates are that about two-thirds of users are behind resolvers that do not yet perform DNSSEC validation.)

Though the rollover is currently planned to take place on the 11th of October 2018, the ICANN Board is yet to ratify this date.

 

SOURCE: ICANN

Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) 2019 Renewal

The Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has been ‎instrumental in planning the programme of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meetings.‎

On behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Department of Economic and Social ‎Affairs (DESA) requests nominations from all stakeholder groups, according to the established ‎principles and practices of MAG rotation and selection of its members. Governments, the ‎private sector, civil society, and the technical communities, are expected to submit names of candidates ‎from developed and developing countries as well as from economies in transition. Successful ‎nominees will become part of the MAG for a period of one year and will contribute to the ‎multi-stakeholder consultation process, bringing the perspectives of their respective groups on ‎Internet governance. ‎

The names of nominees are to be submitted to the IGF Secretariat by the 12th of September 2018 using the ‎online submission template found at the IGF website.

 

SOURCE: IGF‎

ICANN64 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has launched the application round for applicants interested in participating in the ICANN64 Public Meeting through the Fellowship Program. ICANN64 will hold 9th to 14th March 2019 in Kobe, Japan. The deadline to apply is 3 September 2018. Successful candidates will be announced on ICANN website https://icann.org by the 12th of November 2018.

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in or already engaged in the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multi-stakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem.

Call for Fellowships for AFRINIC-29

AFRINIC is offering fellowships for the AFRINIC-29 meeting, which would hold in Tunis, Tunisia from 26th to 30th November 2018.  The fellowship is reserved for individuals representing small organisations, universities and the media. These individuals must be actively involved in Internet operations and development or ICT policies in their countries. The fellow is expected to positively and actively contribute to IP address management awareness in the AFRINIC service region.

For details on the fellowship programme, click on the link https://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-29/attend/fellowship

Those wishing to apply should note that the closing date for application is 24th August 2018.


The fellowship includes full assistance with round-trip airfare to the meeting venue and hotel accommodation for the AFRINIC event from the day before the beginning to the last day of the event.


To fill the fellowship application form click at https://registration.afrinic.net/elections/afrinic-29-fellowship .

THE 5TH NATIONAL CREDIT REPORTING CONFERENCE

The Credit Bureau Association of Nigeria (CBAN), held its 5th National Credit Reporting Conference at the Shell Hall, Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos. The theme for this year’s conference was “EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF ACCESS TO CREDIT IN NIGERIA”. Hajia Aisha Abubakar, Hon Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment was the Chairperson at the occasion. In attendance at the event were several dignitaries from various financial sectors, including the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Mr. Tunde Popoola, Chairman CBAN and Managing Director, CRC Credit Bureau had stated that Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) and individuals in Nigeria are constantly faced with difficulties in obtaining finances to grow and improve on their businesses. With the low access to credit in Nigeria, credit bureau coverage remains low. The three licensed credit bureaus cannot boast of more than 60 million records in their database.  He further explained that credit reporting expands access to finance. He emphasized on the need for financial institutions

The conference addressed the problems, needs and possible solutions to credit availability for credit consumers in Nigeria. It emphasized that credit should be encouraged in Nigeria to stimulate the economy and help the consumers enjoy the associated benefits thereby making life easy for eligible credit consumers in Nigeria.

The conference analysed the challenges associated with the different means of identifications used by Nigerians .They encouraged the Central Bank of Nigeria to work with the Federal Government to identify one means of identification for all Nigerians as this will reduce the stress of data accumulation for credit consumers.

Attention should be drawn to these MSMEs having .ng domain names for their online presence. The opportunities can be numerous for their growth and improved services.