Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NIRA and EU GDPR

NIRA’s EU GDPR implementation is directly tied to CoCCA, to the Registry Software that NIRA runs. CoCCA, in its EU GDPR compliance roadmap had earlier customized its Registry Software in compliance with the EU GDPR and held several discussions with its clients, including NIRA to verify this compliance.

We are confident that the software version that we currently run, in which we are able to set the basic parameters for EU registrars and registrants, is compliant with the basic rules, and we are assured that from time to time, there will be reviews of what has been implemented.

NiRA Accredited Registrars are still expected to provide relevant details with the applications for domain name registrations. The technical and billing information for these set of registrars and registrants are no longer displayed via WHOIS lookup.

As for their registrant and admin records via the WHOIS lookup, only the domain ID, contact name and organization can be displayed. Any EU registrant, whose country is not an EU country, does not receive the treatment for EU registrant. For contacts outside the EU, the settings remain the same. Now, the NiRA WHOIS displays minimal information/details for EU Registrants.

We believe that this action will give our EU Registrars the confidence they need to continue to push .ng domains to Registrants within the European Union, and other regions of the world.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NiRA Academy Resellers Entrepreneur Program

On Wednesday, 16th of May 2018, NIRA through its Special Purpose Vehicle, the NIRA Academy, organized its .ng Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme (REP) at NIRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere Lagos. The Resellers Programme aimed at developing and training entrepreneurs & aspiring entrepreneurs about the Domain Name Industry. The training also provided an insight into the vast opportunities that exist within the Domain Name Industry. Participants were encouraged to network with professionals within the Domain Name Industry as we had representatives from three NiRA Accredited Registrars at the event.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) encouraged participants to actively participate in the training; highlighting that NiRA creates opportunities for people to become entrepreneurs and employers of labor.

The three NIRA Accredited Registrars (Whogohost Limited, Upperlink Limited and Q-Server Limited) made presentations in relation to Domain name registration and Hosting services. The Registrars presented their Reseller packages to the participants.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of attendance was presented to each participant while  .ng souvenirs were given to the four most active participants in the class.

GDPR: ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the proposed "Temporary Specification for gTLD

Registration Data."

The Board decided to establish temporary requirements for how ICANN and its contracted parties will continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and with community-developed policies as they relate to WHOIS, while also complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

"The ICANN Board's the proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data is an important step towards bringing ICANN and its contracted parties into compliance with GDPR," said Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board Chair. "While there are elements remaining to be finalized, the adoption of this Temporary Specification sets us on the right path to maintaining WHOIS in the public interest, while complying with GDPR before its 25 May 2018 enforcement deadline."

 

The ICANN organization has closely worked with stakeholders and the ICANN community to discuss and develop the Temporary Specification, and has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) to solicit its feedback and input.

 

"The Proposed Interim Compliance Model is the product of significant collaboration between ICANN and the community," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and CEO. "With the Temporary Specification now approved by the Board, we can continue working together to identify a permanent solution."

 

The Board's resolution also initiated a community-led policy development process to consider the development and adoption of a consensus policy based on the issues outlined within the Temporary Specification.

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Choosing the Perfect Domain Name for your business

Choosing the right domain name for your business is a big decision in the thought process of starting an online business, the domain name being the foundation for your online identity. As we all know, choosing the right domain name can determine the success of your online business, especially considering that people will need to remember the name and type it accurately on their browser. On the online world, your domain name is a branding tool. There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect domain name.

Target Audience: Register a domain name under any of the SLD of the .ng ccTLD, depending on the type of business and target audience. Check for availability of the name from the .ng WHOIS http://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp.

Choose a domain that’s easy to remember: The public will find your website URL on flyers, newsletters, search queries, and other websites so making the domain name memorable is key.

Memorable domain names are often short, clever, and avoid trendy humor, hyphens or numbers. The longer or more complicated the domain name, the less likely it will be remembered. Think of catchy, unique and memorable domain name that people can easily relate to.

Do a quick analysis of your favorite domain names and see what makes them stand out, and incorporate those elements you like into your own business domain name.

Choose a brandable name: Brandable means that when you see or hear the domain, it sounds like a brand. By looking at your domain name your visitors should be able to accurately guess your type of business, that has a name that reinforces the concept of the contents of the website. This doesn’t mean you need to spell out exactly what your business does with a list of keywords. It simply means the name should be able to capture the essence of what your business.

Choose a name void of copyright issues: Choose a domain name that will not be associated with a trademark or trade name, a name that is not associated with negative public opinion such geo-names, profane names etc., and a name that does not have double meaning, a name that will not have a negative meaning in another language, etc. 

Double-check social media, too. You want to make sure any relevant social media handles are still available. This will help you build brand consistency and make it that much easier for your visitors to find your business on social media.

Conclusion

Once you have decided on the memorable, smart and brandable domain name, log on to NiRA website and choose from the list of NiRA Accredited Registrars, https://www.nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars and log onto their platform to register the domain name of your choice. Along with the domain registration services, all NiRA Accredited Registrars offer various services.

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.