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AFRINIC UPDATE- Job Vacancies

AFRINIC Board has called for expressions of interest, from persons who wish to be considered for appointments to fill casual vacancies in the Board, in terms of article 13.14 of the AFRINIC Bylaws.  Any appointment to these vacant seats will be for a period, until the next regularly scheduled AFRINIC AGMM, in June 2019.

There are currently four casual vacancies in the AFRINIC Board. If you would like to be considered for one of these vacant seats, please complete the form at <https://registration.afrinic.net/elections/board-express-of-interest-201805>, no later than 23:59 UTC on 17 June 2018.

Anyone who expresses interest shall:

  • Have at least five (5) years professional experience in an area relevant to AFRINIC activities, such as Internet Resource Management, ICT, policy development, finance, audit or HR management;
  • Be available and committed to participate in Board meetings and other AFRINIC activities (face-to-face and online).

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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.

Europe’s Global Privacy Agenda, Recipe for Innovation

By tomorrow, 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) will come into effect. The law also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. Whereas it is a European law, GDPR is expected to have a global reach.

Some who argue that the rule will not achieve global reach predicate their argument on the idea that the ability of companies to collect, analyze, sell and monetize user data with minimal restrictions is the basis for an innovative digital industry. They argue that new users are drawn by free services and companies make money from the data collected. Indeed that GDPR may remain enforceable only in Europe and may not be respected in other jurisdictions.

When I first read George Orwell’s piece 1984, sometime in 1982, it was just two years to that future. In the classic, George Orwell introduced the term “Big Brother is Watching you” as an expression of life without freedom.

In it, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. 

Whether we will transition from “Big Brother is watching you” to “Big Brother is watching your back” is a matter of time, for us to know the global reach of the European effort.

Interestingly, some people are of the opinion that the leaked Facebook/Cambridge Analytica saga will have been a very interesting test case for GDPR, had it happened post-May 25th 2018.

No matter on which side of the debate you stand, what is important is that everyone deserves their privacy and the world will be a better place if people have the right to decide who has access to their data and for what purpose.

The best is yet to come out of the Nigerian Internet ecosystem. What I am very sure of, is that GDPR will provide an avenue for many more people to put on their thinking caps and create more innovative ways and solutions for expanding the frontiers of Information exchange and technological advancement, without running foul of existing laws.

Let us face the future with increased optimism.

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

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