Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Encouraging Domain Name Registration

The year has been relatively good for NiRA and the .ng, Nigeria’s online identity on the cyberspace.

We have worked tirelessly to encourage the uptake of .ng domains, acceptability of the .ng online identity in Nigeria and continuous development of DNS industry in Nigeria.

NiRA has hosted several workshop programs (i.e. Resellers training twice this year, Web Designing training using Wordpress and Media College event for the Press, etc.) through the NiRA Academy and the .ng Awards, all to promote awareness of the .ng brand. We also plan to host the .ng Bloggers Summit and the .ng Developers Summit before the end of this year. These initiatives are geared towards the development of the DNS Industry in Nigeria. NiRA has also participated actively in workshops hosted by other parties (NIGF, NCS, CPN, etc) to sensitize the public on the benefits and importance of .ng domain names.

NiRA would be represented at GITEX and eNigeria,all in the bid to encourage the uptake of the Nigerian online identity.

In all, we are very much aware that the growth in domain name registration is a collective responsibility that more Nigerians should support. The .ng domain name is our online national identity. We seek the support of the General Public to spread the good word about .ng. The Internet is a global village and .ng has a very important role to play.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President

THE NEED FOR A DOMAIN NAME

For you, your organization and/or your business to have an online presence, you need a domain name. A domain name is your online unique identity. Your domain name is your location/address on the Internet. This is where you can be traced on the Internet by your clients or visitors searching for you, your organization and/or your business.

An online presence is very crucial to the success of all businesses, especially for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Most consumers search online for local products and services, in short for local contents. For your business to thrive and succeed, a business domain name is a MUST otherwise your business won’t be found online. To have a professional outlook for your business, you must have a domain name, with which you can create your website and have an email address.

Some other benefits from having an active domain name:

a. Copyrights and trademarks protection for your name.

b. Your products and services are accessible to the global market. With your online presence, you provide vital information about your products, services, and business.

c. Increased brand awareness.

d. Build credibility for your business.

e. Search engine positioning.

f. Commence /conduct Online sales.

To register your preferred domain name and commence your online business, contact NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link https://www.nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars

NiRA Accredited Registrars also provide other services including website development and local hosting services.

 

Call for Presentations at AFRINIC-29

AFRINIC-29 will hold from 26th to 30th November 2019 at Tunis, Tunisia. The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) has requested that individuals who wish to make presentations at the event should submit abstracts. The meeting website is now up at https://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-29/. The event would be hosted in collaboration with Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) as the local host. The theme of the meeting is “Taking the African Internet to the Next Level through Policy, Collaboration and Education”. The Tunisian Internet Agency (Agence tunisienne d'Internet) was created on 12 March 1996, is the principal Tunisian ISP. It is run by the Ministry of Communications, whose mission is also to promote Internet usage in Tunisia.

To enrich the discussions and share knowledge with the technical community at AFRINIC-29, AfriNIC is seeking presentations on wide range of issues, broadly related to growth, access, and development of Internet in Africa. Please read the event concept note at:https://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-29/images/AF29_EN_concept_note.pdf

Areas of Interest for presentations include “The Internet and Sustainable Development”, “Internet Governance”, “Business Practices and Technology”, “E-governance”, “Cyber Security””, “Core Internet Infrastructure”, etc. Contributions can be in the form of a presentation during a session, a tutorial or a live technical demonstration.

The key dates to note are as follows; 14th September 2018 as the deadline for submission of applications and 6th October 2018 as the date to expect the notification of acceptance of an application. Meanwhile if an application is accepted, the draft presentation must be submitted by the 20th of October 2018 and the final presentation must be submitted by the 20th of November 2018.

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