Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT DECEMBER 2019

 

 

UPCOMING CHANGES TO KIDS CONTENT ON YOUTUBE: HOW THE POLICY CHANGES AFFECT CONTENT CREATORS

YouTube is making changes on how they collect and use data on kids' content on YouTube.com. These changes will address concerns raised by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding their compliance under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

In the coming months

  • Content creators/users will be required to state if their content is made for kids. YouTube will use machine learning to help identify videos that clearly target young audiences. At a high level, content that is made for kids has an emphasis on Children or children’s characters, Popular children’s programming or animated characters, play-acting, or stories using children’s toys, Child protagonists engaging in common natural play patterns such as play-acting and/or imaginative play popular children’s songs, stories or poems.
  • Penalties might apply to a creator who attempts to avoid categorizing their content correctly,
  • YouTube will continue to serve non-personalized ads (ads that are shown based on context rather than on user data) on content that is made for kids. 

Note that though COPPA is a US law, changes will be made on their platform globally.

For more information about COPPA, visit https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions.

 

PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

Happy New Year! Our first edition of the NiRA eNewsletter for the Year 2020. We are looking forward with excitement to the good things that will happen at NiRA and NiRA would be engaged with. The Year 2020 will be great.

Our warmest greetings to all. We are grateful to God Almighty for the past successes of all and look forward to God’s blessings upon all stakeholders, NiRA Accredited Registrars, registrants, Members of our Association, NiRA Board of Trustees, Executive Board of Directors and staff.

Another year, fresh achievements are targeted. Now that 2019 is officially over and we have swiftly moved into the year 2020, we have activated the NiRA plans for the productive year ahead and look forward to making changes within the domain name ecosystem.

As usual, we will work closely with our NiRA Accredited Registrars and other stakeholders to run outreach programs in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria. We need to get many Nigerian businesses online in collaboration with other stakeholders. A lot of our activities are geared towards promoting local content in the ICT Sector. We are hopeful that more Nigerians would be online for the right reasons, especially with the Government’s plan to increase broadband penetration. 

The engagement with our Law Enforcement Officers is paramount in order to foster safer practices with the DNS ecosystem in Nigeria.

We reiterate once again, that the benefits of using the .ng domain names for an organisation’s website and email addresses are enormous. Some of these benefits include the reduction of capital flight, geo-targeting benefits for websites, increased security, promotion of local content development, development of Nigeria’s ICT infrastructure, higher ranking on search engines such as google.com.ng, localized support and increased brand recognition, etc.

We congratulate Mr. Tope Fashedemi on his appointment as Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and also congratulate all the other appointees for the position of Permanent Secretary from thieir respective organisations. We look forward to them fulfilling the trust reposed on them with the appointments. We look forward to the collective effort of Nigerians promoting the usage of the Nigerian Online Identity (.ng) and flying the .ng flag online.

Happy New Year!!!

FG INAUGURATES MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN (NBP) COMMITTEE

As part of the efforts to foster the growth of Nigeria’s Digital Economy, in line with the re-energized mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria officially inaugurated the National Broadband Plan Committee for the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan for Nigeria.

The 26-member committee is drawn from the public and private sectors of the economy and co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Cable Company Nigeria Limited, Ms. Funke Opeke, and the Former Executive Commissioner, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Bashir Gwandu. The Committee was inaugurated at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. The event had the Head of Prosperity and Competition, British High Commissioner, Mr. Harrison Guy; Chairperson of the National Broadband Planning Committee (2020-2025), CEO MainOne, Ms. Funke Opeke, Heads of Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry; Stakeholders from both the public and private sectors and members of the press. The President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Mr. Muhammed Rudman is also a member of the National Broadband Planning committee and was present along with other members at the inauguration.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minister Dr. Pantami reiterated the importance of putting aside personal interests and upholding professionalism, integrity, and objectivity in the discharge of the critical national assignment. The Minister said the “selection criteria for members of the committee was based on competence, integrity, and professionalism”. Adding that “we did not restrict the Nigerian National Broadband Plan to only this administration, the target is Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is out to support Nigeria and make decisions in her best interest.”

The NBP committee is expected to submit its report within the first quarter of the year 2020.

The Chairperson of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 and Chief Executive Officer, (MainOne), Ms. Funke Opeke, in her remarks, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for approving the setting up of the committee to address the issue of the National Broadband Plan. She also noted that the President’s recent participation in e-Nigeria and the launching of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy clearly signals his commitment to the digital economy. According to her, “Broadband to the digital economy is like electricity to the industrial world. We are foot soldiers to help put together this new plan to ensure it happens.” She identified the real stakeholders as the young Nigerians who have their future ahead of them, stating that this would ensure that they would be fully planted in the global digital economy.  She, therefore, urged the committee members to put Nigeria’s interest above all others.

NiRA CONGRATULATES MR. TOPE FASHEDEMI ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS PERMANENT SECRETARY

The Executive Board of Directors and staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) felicitate with Mr. Tope Fashedemi on his recent appointment as the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Recall that Mr. Tope Fashedemi was a director on the Executive Board of NiRA till the end of his tenure in April 2016 and was a pioneer member of the NiRA Board of Executive Directors.

He was sworn in as a Perm Sec by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on Wednesday 18th December 2019.

Up until his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Mr. Fashedemi served as the Director, e-Government in the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and supervised the production of the Federal Government’s “e-government Master Plan” in collaboration with stakeholders.

The approved deployment of Mr. Tope Fashedemi is to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) - Special Duties Office (SDO).

NiRA wishes Mr. Tope Fashedemi a successful tenure in his new role and looks forward to working closely with the Permanent Secretary to further strengthen the ICT sector in Nigeria and promote the usage of the Nigerian Online Identity (.ng).