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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR MAY 2021

AFRICA INTERNET SUMMIT 2021

The Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2021 was a virtual event, which was held from 31st May to 4th June 2021. This was the second exclusively online AIS. The AIS is an educational and business ICT conference in Africa which attracts ICT stakeholders in Africa to share ideas on how to develop a secure digital infrastructure for Africa and expand internet access to Millions of underserved Africans.

It was reported that “the digital transformation provides new avenues for the inclusion of the youth, women and persons with disabilities. The Internet, digital platforms, mobile phones and digital financial services offer “leapfrog” opportunities for all and have the potential to bridge the divide by giving diverse groups that were otherwise left behind the possibility to access knowledge, network with peers and exchange ideas. The only way to bridge the digital gap is to build a community that fosters growth and opens a door to the embracing of diversity while creating an environment that safeguards interactions. For this to work, the African Internet Community needs to work as a team for the goal that lies ahead cannot be achieved on an individual level. We need to seize this opportunity to foster the inclusion of these groups in our community, learn from them and build a more inclusive and diverse community”. 

AIS’21 was organized by the Africa Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG). The Democratic Republic of Congo Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA-DRC) hosted this year’s Virtual Summit. Annually ICT stakeholders in Nigeria play critical roles at the AIS. Many educational institutions and ICT firms in Nigeria participate at the annual event.

The AfriNIC Annual General Members Meeting (AGMM) and elections, which was the final event of the AIS 2021 held on 4 June 2021. The Elections were held for one Board seat and one Governance Committee seat.

You can read more about the AIS 2021 via the link AIS'21 (internetsummit.africa)

ICANN71 VIRTUAL PUBLIC FORUM

The Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had announced that ICANN71 will be held as a Virtual Public Meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICANN71 Policy Forum holds from 14th to 17th June 2021.

There were several pre-ICANN 71 virtual sessions and these were held via Zoom. One of the pre-ICANN sessions was the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) News Sessions. These held from 26th to 27th May 2021 with the theme ‘DNS Abuse, the ccTLD Experience’. Recall that the ccTLD constituency of ICANN is where the .ng ccTLD resides. So, ICANN ccTLD events and activities are always of major interest to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The sessions focused on domain name abuse, the efforts made by the ccTLDs to combat DNS abuse and the challenges faced by ccTLDs. The speakers at these sessions were from Chile, Botswana, China, Portugal and Puerto Rico. NiRA had spoken at similar events in the past.

ICANN defines DNS abuse as any malicious activity aimed at disrupting the DNS Infrastructure or causing the DNS to operate in an unintended manner. The DNS is the Domain Name System. It was disclosed that the DNS abuse surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a lot of damage. With many activities moving online during that period, new security challenges arose for the ccTLD operators, who had to enhance the security defense architecture.

To be part of the ICANN71, visit ICANN71 | Virtual Policy Forum: App Home

QSERVERS HEAD OFFICE OPENING

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was invited to the QSERVERS Head Office Opening on the 31st of May 2021 at their newly built two-storey edifice at 11 Adeleke Street, Off Tinuade Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State. This was a grand occasion, honored by Qservers clients, quests and staff of Qservers Web Hosting. NiRA was represented by some staff from the NiRA Secretariat. Mr. Kehinde Seun, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qservers Web Hosting and his team were on ground to receive his guests at the occasion.

QSERVERS is one of NiRA Accredited Registrars and also a web hosting company that has built partnerships with other leading brands in their respective industries. The strategic alliance that Qservers had built over the years with NiRA and their other clients has led to the success and growth of the company.

The staff of NiRA were taken on a tour of the Qservers Head Office and were impressed with the modeling of the building, branding of the offices and training room. The .ng logos were very visible in strategic places in the offices. The Management and staff of NiRA congrats Qservers Web Hosting on this noble feat of having its own structure and the branding of the offices.

NIGERIA MUST BE THE HUB FOR INTERNET CONTENT IN AFRICA

The Nigeria Information and Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) Technology Forum with the theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting by 2024” held on the 27th of May 2021 in Lagos. In attendance at the event were the Director-General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi (CCIE). The DG NITDA was represented by the Head, Southwest Zonal Office, NITDA, Mrs. Chioma Okee-Aguguo, who delivered his keynote address.  The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), stressed that “the role of the government is to provide an enabling environment for private and corporate bodies to invest in local hosting services and the building of more data centres.”

Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the CEO of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) and President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was the Chairman of the NITRA TECHNOLOGY FORUM 2021. He hailed the contributions of the Fourth Estate of the Realm for their incisive reportage of the ICT sector. He stated that NITRA should continue with the sensitization for the domestication of the Internet as there was still a lot to be done in this area in Nigeria.

Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, the NITRA Chairman, stated in his welcome note that the association chose the theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting By 2024” to provide a platform for stakeholders in the ICT ecosystem to anchor robust discussions about the advancement of the sector in the country. He also explained that local cloud hosting helps to keep our local internet traffic local when local content providers host their content in-country.

There were several speakers at the event, including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), represented by Mr. Toba Obaniyi, the NiRA Vice President, who spoke of the efforts of NiRA and some of the future plans of NiRA. Mr. Obaniyi encouraged NITRA members to register .ng domain names for their online activities and host their websites locally.

The NITRA Technology Forum 2021 was well attended by stakeholders in the ICT community and media, with all being aware that Data is the new Oil. Everyone recognises that data is the economic engine of the Internet. Nigeria is being encouraged to be the hub for Internet content in Africa and not just content consumers. It was also pointed out that Nigeria must reduce the capital flight by hosting its contents locally, which will also strengthen the cybersecurity of Nigeria. There were various contributions towards achieving these goals.