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ICANN69 TO BE HELD AS VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that the ICANN69 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was to be held in Hamburg, Germany, will not proceed as an in-person meeting. Instead, the ICANN Board has directed the ICANN org to coordinate with the ICANN community on the best way forward for ICANN69 to meet the expected outcomes of an ICANN AGM and support the community's ongoing policy advice and development work, despite being unable to meet in person.

The meeting, scheduled for 17th to 22nd October 2020, will be the third time ICANN will hold a Virtual Public Meeting as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ICANN67, originally scheduled for Cancún, Mexico, was held as a virtual meeting, as will the upcoming ICANN68, originally scheduled for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The health and safety of the ICANN community is always a top priority, and as such, convening ICANN69 as an in-person meeting is not expected to be feasible by its scheduled date. While progress has been made to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, there are still several barriers remaining that prevent holding large international meetings, such as ICANN's Public Meetings. These include ongoing restrictions on international travel, diminished flight availability, challenges in obtaining visas, physical distancing requirements, the risks posed to the local host community, and the possibility of a resurgence resulting in further lockdowns.

The ICANN Board appreciates the importance of face-to-face interactions and looks forward to a return to in-person ICANN Public Meetings. ICANN is currently scheduled to convene ICANN70 in Cancun, Mexico, and ICANN71 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

ICANN org, in consultation with the ICANN community, will build on the lessons learned during ICANN67 and ICANN68 to improve upon the meeting format. In its decision, the Board directed the ICANN org to work with the community leaders to determine how to ensure that the virtual meeting fulfils the community's agreed-upon priorities.

Those interested in attending ICANN69 will still be required to register. An announcement will be posted to https://icann.org once registration is open. To learn more about remote participation, visit ICANN Public Meetings.

NITDA DG SAYS NEW IT POLICY WILL REDUCE SHOCKS FROM COVID-19

Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has averred that the new IT policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria will aid the country to overcome the impact of COVID-19. He said the initiatives will reposition the ICT sector to play a critical role in the diversification of the nation’s economy.

Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi stated this on the 5th June 2020, when he played host to the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major General, Jamilu Sarharm, and the Management Team of the Academy who were at the Agency to seek collaboration and support. The courtesy visit to the NITDA was to seek collaboration in various areas notably in the area of ICT intervention for the Academy.

Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi said that the unveiling of Digital Economy Strategies and Planning and the Digital Nigeria project which focuses on digital capacity building and digital literacy would go a long way in reshaping our Economy in the post-pandemic era.

Mallam Abdullahi spoke of the need for people to acquire the requisite skills needed for the digital economy. He said NITDA is focussed on capacity building and collaborates with Nigerian universities to produce the right skills needed for the digital world. He said the idea is for the corporate bodies to work with the Universities to produce the right skills needed for the digital economy.

Mallam Abdullahi stated that he understood NDA needs assistance with e-learning, capacity building and ICT Infrastructure. Whilst responding to the Management Team of NDA, the DG NITDA assured that special consideration would be given to the requests of NDA in the year 2021.

PANTAMI TASKS DANBATTA, NCC ON DIGITAL ECONOMY

Following the reappointment of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for another five-year term, the Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, has charged the EVC and the entire Management of the Commission to redouble their efforts towards actualising the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.

The Minister spoke when the Executive Management of the Commission led by Prof. Danbatta paid him a courtesy visit on Monday, June 8th 2020.

According to the Minister, the proactive decision to recommend Danbatta's reappointment to the President for approval was “to ensure stability in the telecommunications industry and consolidate on the gains and successes already recorded in the industry in the last five years of Danbatta's leadership as the EVC of NCC.”

In the press release on the 8th June 2020, signed by Dr. Henry Nkemadu Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission, the Honourable Minister emphasised the need for Danbatta-led NCC Management to work more harmoniously with the Ministry and Agencies towards ensuring effective implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) as well as thorough implementation of the new National Broadband Plan (NBP), 2020-2025.

Speaking further, Dr. Pantami reminded the EVC that the focus of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is currently to boost Nigeria’s digital economy, which, he said, has become even more important following the experience of COVID-19 pandemic that has left many individuals and organisations relying more on digital platforms for work and collaboration. He added that NCC, as the telecoms Regulator, is expected to take the issue of the digital economy very seriously and give it all the attention it deserves.

Speaking earlier, the EVC appreciated the Minister’s role in his reappointment and reiterated his commitment to taking the Commission to greater heights. In his response, he considered his reappointment as the EVC of NCC for another five years, as an honour and a show of the confidence the Hon. Minister and the President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR  reposed in the efforts at NCC in the last five years. He additionally assured the Hon. Minister of the commitment of the Commission, to work with the Ministry and other agencies under the Ministry’s supervision towards advancing the frontiers of the digital economy in Nigeria.

Source: NCC

RUDMAN EXPLAINS WHY NIGERIA NEEDS, MUST EMBRACE IPv6

On the 7th of June 2020, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) explained the need for new Internet Protocol (IP) and for stakeholders to embrace the Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6).

Mr. Rudman, who also is the Chairman, IPv6 Council Nigeria/President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), gave this insight at the 2020 Digital Rights Series webinar on Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable, hosted by ITREALMS in collaboration with DigitalSENSE Africa Media with the theme ‘Role of IP in 5G v COVID-19 Debate’.

Mr Rudman, whose paper was on the “Role of IPv6 in 5G v Covid-19”, noted that every device connecting to the Internet needs a unique number, known as an IP address, divided into two categories of addresses, namely the IPv4 and IPv6.

At the inception of the Internet when connectivity to the commercial Internet was in its infancy, the pool of around 4 billion IPv4 addresses seemed huge. No one could have predicted the impact the Internet would have on human lives and It has become clear that the pool of IPv4 addresses were not sufficient for all the devices connecting to the Internet. Mr. Rudman stated that “IPv6 was developed as the solution to the shortage of IPv4 addresses. The pool of IPv6 addresses contains 2 128 IPv6 addresses or roughly 340 trillion, trillion, trillion addresses.”

IPv6 features, Rudman said include scalability of 340 trillion, trillion, trillion, improved security, real-time application, auto-configuration, mobility, addressing and routing and extensibility to mention but a few.

On the link between IPv6 and Fifth Generation (5G), the Chairman pointed out that with the Internet of Things (IoT), which is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines provided with Unique Identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Currently leading the pack in the deployment of 5G, he said, is South Korea with coverage in 85 cities. China takes second place with 57 cities, followed by the United States of America (US) with 50 and the United Kingdom (UK) with 31. While the remaining countries in the top 10 for 5G are Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australia, Germany, and Romania.

“Nigeria, in November 2019, became the first country in West Africa to test-run 5G technology and applications, thus has not deployed 5G.

Mr. Rudman emphasised that 5G technology entails beamforming, dedicated radio signal towards the user; a 4G signal is typically spread across a wide area, which enabled by massive Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology, identifies most efficient signal path, whereas improving connection reliability, it reduces interference(unwanted signals) and boosts efficient use of spectrum and power thereby allowing for more simultaneous data streams.

On the electromagnetic spectrum, Mr. Rudman said that all radiation falls into two classifications – ionising and non-ionising, as such does not have implication connected to 5G, which does not fall into that spectrum.

Source: ITREALMS

GOOGLE MEET SWITCHES ON JAW-DROPPING FEATURE TO BEAT ZOOM & MICROSOFT TEAMS

People enjoy participating at structured virtual/online meetings as long as you can engage with them. Google has started to roll out its latest headline-grabbing feature for its Google Meet video calling: noise-cancellation.

As virtual meetings become standard,  Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and other apps have been innovating responsively, to win and retain users/clients.

In May 2020, Microsoft promised an update which would subdue the noises of dogs barking or keyboards clicking. Now, Google Meet has pressed the button on its own way of making video calls more productive and enjoyable.

Managing video calls, with the numerous security features and settings, has become a skill that we must all develop. How does one deal with interfering noise though? The barking of a dog can be quite intrusive, as is the rustle of a biscuit pack. The audio quality suffers as a result of these intrusions.

Keyboard noises will be silenced in the Google Meet update, along with the desk fan and the sound of snacks being consumed. We look forward to the full release of this feature.

SOURCE: Forbes