Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jonathan commends AVCNU, CWG-led consortium on NgREN

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commended the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG plc)-led consortium on the establishment of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), reports ITRealms.

The president, represented at the occasion held in Abuja by the Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and were supported by Senator Uche Chukwumerije, Senate Committee Chairman on Education, Honourable Aminu Suleiman, House Committee Chairman on Education, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Senator Amadu Ali, Chairman, NUC Board and Prof. Julius A. Okojie, Executive Secretary, NUC and Chairman, NgREN board.

“As I join the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) and the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the celebration of this achievement in the establishment of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), I commend the individuals and groups that dedicated time and energy to make it a reality, he said.

President Jonathan also appreciated the World Bank for its support to the NgREN project, and the Executive Secretary of the NUC for championing its cause and the hardworking team of dedicated individuals from within the university system to realize this dream.

He said that government expects all education and research institutions to enlist as members of the NgREN and that the current low ranking of Nigerian universities in quality of teaching and research output will improve significantly within a short time as a result.

Further, President Jonathan urges NgREN stakeholders to ensure the broadband infrastructure and services already provided are maintained and improved upon for the use of all education and research institutions in Nigeria, while directing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to provide the necessary funds for this purpose.

For Dr. Omobola Johnson the major milestone in local technology advancement with a network of this magnitude wholly designed by Nigerians, built by Nigerians and managed by Nigerians. She specifically singled out CWG Plc, Resourcery Limited and Phase 3 Telecoms for commendation.

Commenting, CWG group CEO, Mr. Austin Okere said his team has never doubted local capacity to deliver major technology projects for government.

We have matured in delivering projects of this scale, and are grateful to the NUC and World Bank for the opportunity to prove this with the timely delivery of the NgREN. We do look forward to the opportunity of extending this success in the next phases of the project,” he said.

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Pix: Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education; Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Honourable Minister of Communication Technology; Mallam Yakassai, Deputy Director, Public Relations, NUC and Mr. Phillip Obioha, Chief Operating Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc during the commissioning event of Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) recently in Abuja.

Airtel launches Touching Lives CSR Initiative

Airtel Nigeria in effort to better its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the country has introduced a scheme tagged “Touching Lives Initiative” in Lagos, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Chief executive officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya told DigitalSENSE Business News at the launch that the initiative is to enrich the CSR intervention of the mobile network operator to Nigerians through provision of succour to the under-privileged members of the society.

This initiative, he said, marks a significant milestone in the company’s history of CSR interventions in the country, noting that Airtel Touching Lives is a responsive CSR project targeted at providing timely aid to underprivileged Nigerians irrespective of their gender, background or geographical locations.

According to him, Touching Lives Initiative seeks to identify underprivileged persons with specific challenges, pains and struggles with the ultimate objective of providing the needed help to empower and enrich the lives of these individuals.

He went on to describe the programme as a timely, deliberate and responsive CSR initiative to tackle myriad of life challenges confronting most Nigerians.

“At Airtel, we’re passionate about the people we serve and the Nigerian society. Airtel Touching Lives provides a platform for the underprivileged in our society to be identified, heard and also cared for,” he said.
Stressing that it is this commitment to connect with millions of Nigerians, alleviate their suffering and bring smile to their faces that encouraged Airtel to come up with this initiative.

He insisted that the primarily objective for embarking on this initiative it’s genuine interest in the general well-being of Nigerians, especially people with special needs. Pointing out that the project is one of the vehicles by which the company complements the developmental efforts of various governments.

Also speaking on the project, Airtel’s Director of Corporate Communications and CSR, Mr. Emeka Oparah, expressed the readiness of the telecommunications operator to contribute to efforts of government, non-governmental organisations and individuals who are highly-spirited like Airtel Nigeria in humanitarian courses.

 “Touching Lives is one of the philanthropic gestures of Airtel Nigeria designed to connect and alleviate the suffering of helpless people across the country. This initiative underscores our determination to enrich lives and contribute to humanity.”

The programme allows Nigerians to nominate disadvantaged persons who are in need of care or special interventions.

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Pix: Touching Lives: L-R, Former Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Muiz Banire; Director, Legal & Company Secretary, Airtel Nigeria, Olugbenga Rotimi; Producer, Airtel Touching Lives Programme, Patricios Spero; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya; Mrs Tijani Azizat, representing Dame. Abimbola Fashola, First Lady of Lagos State; Mrs. Oluranti Odutola, representing the Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Jibril Saba, HR Director, Airtel Nigeria at the unveiling of Airtel Touching Lives CSR programme held in Lagos.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Upperlink becomes ICANN registrar

Finally, the Nigeria’s internet industry received a boost as the global internet body, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers [ICANN] announced the accreditation of Nigeria’s leading registrar, Upperlink, reports ITRealms.

Upperlink is first Nigerian registrar and eighth accredited registrar on the content of Africa by ICANN, just as the new status, would avail Upperlink to serve Nigerian and international markets comfortably.

Upperlink’s core areas are in internet and mobile applications, software development and deployment, database management, systems integration and cloud solutions.

As the leading Nigeria Internet Registration Association [NIRA]’s registrar, Upperlink is in the forefront of registrars spearheading the migration of Nigerian companies from .com to the .ng domain name, which is Nigeria's Country Code Top Level Domain.

The Managing Director and chief executive officer (CEO), UpperLink, Mr Segun Akano, said the .ng domain “is a shorter and unique domain.”

As ICANN registrar, he said, Upperlink would offer Nigerians opportunities to register any domain name extension such as .com, .org, .net etc at affordable prices locally.

Upperlink’s accreditation follows a similar exercise that was achieved in Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CPN CEO calls on African TLDs to create demand


The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Computer Registration Professional of Nigeria (CPN) Mr. Sekiru Shehu has called on the African Top Level Domain (AfTLDs) to create more demands, reports ITRealms.

Speaking to ITRealms in his keynote to the 2014 Africa Domain Name System (AfDNS) forum holding at the Nicon Luxury Abuja on “Monetizing the Africa Domain Name Space” Mr. Shehu noted that there are two sides to a business, namely the supply and demand sides respectively.

According to him, the problem is not supply so “we have not done well in creating demand – And so, we have to wake up.”

Members of the African TLDs community need to develop capacities for business development, take seriously the issues of quality of service (QoS), quality of experience (QoE) and put in place friendly operational policies and procedures.

He pointed out that as many Africans go online, African businesses and governments are turning to the internet and in particular the domain name industry to help them elevate their work to the next level, to help them grow and increase impact.

“The domain name industry is increasingly becoming a major contributor to our countries, Gross Domestic Products (GDPs). This has brought about the need to look at ways of taking advantage of the new opportunities through investment and monetization,” he asserted.

In addition, Shehu said there are many different categories of domain investment and monetization, with some being easier than others.

“Some methods have a higher return than others. They all have their pros and cons, and they all take time and hard work to utilize effectively. This will form the basis of our discussion in the next three days,” the CPN boss said.

Monetisation within the domain name space include developing affiliate websites – Think of a good domain name, register it, and then build a website filled with various advertisements for other sites that bear a similarity to your domain name, making money off anyone who clicks on the ads and purchases the advertised products.

As said by him, by developing Pay Per Click (PPC) websites people make money one, which means these are very much like affiliate sites, except the revenue generated comes from PPC advertising systems like Google AdSense and Yahoo Publisher Network.

Additionally, domain parking – There are several services, like sedo.com, where you can “park” your domain. The domain will have a variety of keyword targeted ads, similar to the ppc and affiliate sites mentioned above. You make money off the ads that your parking company puts up. Additionally, you can also list your site for sale at the same time.

For him, domain leasing, which entails renting the domain name out to advertisers or other interested parties, could be a source of monetisation, just as domain purchase and resale – register use domain or buy an existing domain with hopes of reselling it to other domainers.

“Domain Development – Register a domain name and develop a website for it, with unique content and some sort of business model,” he said.

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Pix Mr. Shehu, CPN, CEO

Axis names Interdist Alliance partner for Africa


Leading network video operator, Axis Communications, has appointed Interdist Alliances as its authorised distribution partner for all African regions outside of South Africa, reports ITRealms.

Confirming this to ITRealms, the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Axis, Sasha Bonheim, said that with this agreement, Interdist will distribute the full range of Axis Communications security cameras across these regions.

Bonheim quoted the sales manager for Axis Communications’ South Africa hub, Jason McGregor as saying that Interdist has a focussed African footprint, a solid business and reseller network and a strong technical competence that aligns with Axis’s brand and its African strategy.

“Interdist Alliances will be bringing global best practices and business value to our customers in these regions,” he said, stressing that with quality, reliability and accessibility being key requirements for its operations to maintain the high level of customer service and support expected of the company, expressing the believe they made a good choice in Interdist.

Kris Tierney, General Manager at Interdist said it is their commitment as a value added distributor to help companies like Axis find new opportunities and provide reliable, responsive support making full use of the reach offered through the company’s growing network.

“Interdist Alliances is very excited to announce our new relationship with Axis Communications. We are confident that innovative security solutions, including video surveillance will create a huge new opportunity for our partners who can use their expertise in networking and storage solutions to position the Axis range effectively in many sectors, including retail, property management and the financial sector,” Tierney said.

McGregor adds that this move marks an important milestone for the company globally.

“Africa is most certainly the fastest growing emerging market in the world,” he said, pointing out that the continent has gone through a remarkable decade of economic transformation and has become a very busy place to do business with talk of new investment, new cities, new airports and even new refineries.
"All of these places are going to need to be secured and it’d be remiss of us were we not to find our place amongst the buzz," he said.

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Samsung, Intel, 4 others team up as Open Interconnect Consortium

The Samsung Electronics, Intel  have teamed up with Atmel, Broadcom, Dell and Wind River to form a group with to improve interoperability and to define the connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT), reports ITRealms.

Also gathered by ITRealms, would be known as Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) with the aims to redefine connection standards that will ensure interoperability of devices including Personal Computers (PCs), smartphones, wearables and industrial appliances.

A press statement endorsed by Samsung Electronics showed that "The OIC is focused on defining a common communications framework based on industry-standard technologies to wirelessly connect and intelligently manage the flow of information among personal computing and emerging IoT devices, regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider."

Further, ITRealms gathered that some of the outcome could include the specifications capable of making it simple to remotely control and receive notifications from smart home appliances or enterprise devices using securely provisioned smartphones, tablets or PCs. Possible consumer solutions include the ability to remotely control household systems to save money and conserve energy

ITRealms recalls that member companies will contribute software and engineering resources to the development of a protocol specification, open source implementation, and a certification programme, all with a view of accelerating the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Friday, July 04, 2014

PocketMoni on BRT buses, promo messages says eTranzact

The management of eTranzact International Plc has explained apprehensions over the Friday burnt of some mass transit buses belonging to the Lagos State government decorated with PocketMoni adverts, saying its only a promotional messages, reports ITRealms.

The Senior Public Relations Manager, eTranzact International Plc, Mr. Ifeanyi Abraham in an official press statement made available to ITRealms, said the attention of the company has been drawn to some publication, owned by Lagos State but bearing promotional messages about PocketMoni, an eTranzact International Plc’s mobile money service.

ITRealms recalled that earlier Friday some BRT belonging to Lagos State government were set ablaze along Palmgrove-Onikpanu axis of Ikorodu Road in Lagos for alleged involvement in the death of an Army officer.

“We received information and pictures of two BRT buses bearing promotional messages of our mobile money service, PocketMoni which were set ablaze on Ikorodu road, Lagos,” he noted.

These buses, he said, were not official buses of PocketMoni or eTranzact International Plc, but the property of the Lagos State government and were only used as part of promotional activities reaching out to Nigerians about its mobile money service.

“We sympathize with all parties who were involved in the unfortunate incident according to media reports, and we hope that any injuries received are not fatal,” he said.

Stressing that they have been in contact with the official owners of the buses and believe they have everything under control now.

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Pix: BRT buseses with PocketMoni poster.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Security: See something, say something

Since 2009 when the public attacks on the Nigerian populace began its terrorism offensives, industry watchers estimates that some 6,000 victims have been killed and over 20 per cent of that figure have been defamed for life, yet another 20 per cent going in and out of the hospitals, writes ITRealms.

Today, a lot of concerns have been placed on the menace caused by the member of Boko Haram insurgent group, which has severally ascribed as “Western Education is Sin,” necessitating the slogan among most concern Nigerians for people to say something to appropriate authorities, including community leaders, once they spot something unusual, tagged in Nigeria parlance to be “see something, say something.”

It was not surprising that a few days ago, on my way from foreign assignment, a woman after standing to pick her language piece at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja-Lagos, could not identify a white cellophane bag and has no option than to raise an alarm with the officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), who promptly condoned the space and invited the experts, especially on bombs to screen the bag.

Recently also, a man spotted an unknown face parking a car in front of his apartment in Jos and was quick in stepping out to confront the fellow who after much insistence had no option than to move the vehicle away and on attempting to start the car engine, the vehicle instantly blow-up, killing the man and his little daughter who accompanied “daddy” alongside the bomber; who invariably may not be classified as suicide bomber, because he had wanted to abandon the car at that location before its detonation time remotely.

And it seems this campaign of “see something, say something” linked to some group of concerned Nigerians, may have continued to gain momentum and led to a young boy of 12-year old recently alerting his community of Muslim in a Kano mosque of a suspected parked rickety Toyota Tercel car nearby.

His alarm led to the discovery of what terrorism and security experts called ‘high-caliber’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the car and people where quickly evacuated, as the security agents made up of a team of police personnel immediately went to work to defuse the IED.

Confirming this, the police spokesperson in Kano, Mr Magaji Majiya, told newsmen “The bomb targeting worshippers was placed inside a Toyota Tercel car near a Mosque in Sauna Pfanuga area of Nasarawa Local Government, Kano metropolis.”

Majiya noted that the boy whose identity was kept sealed for security reasons became apprehensive when he saw the car laden heavy with what looked suspicious. Hence, the car was taken to Police Headquarters afterwards for further investigations and analysis.

Further, the Kano Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, soon after displayed the devices to newsmen in Kano.

“The explosives were primed to explode when the Juma’at prayer is going on and they can destroy a whole neighbourhood because they are of high caliber,” Shinaba said.

ITRealms recalls that this development came at the wake of a bomb explosion, which claimed eight lives that took place on Monday at the School of Hygiene in Kano, leaving behind scores of death, even though the Police said they have arrested a suspect in connection with the school attack.

The exploit by this young boy tend to show the concern of the populace because people especially experts are talking about the insurgence at all levels of communication channels including but not limited to local radio and television stations and even among peers and relatives.

As we look forward to more breakthroughs, let us keep talking about what we see mostly if they are unusual objects at unusual locations, because the issues of security cannot be left in the hands of security agencies alone.

So, when you next you see something, kindly say something as you may be saving lives with that alert including yours.

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Pix: President Jonathan on visit to recent bombblast.

NCC ready to license InfraCos, sets August deadline for bids

Apex telecommunication regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed its readiness to license the Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) with final date for bid submission set for August 4, 2014, reports ITRealms.

The infracos, ITRealms gathered are expected to deploy metropolitan optic fibre infrastructure and associated equipment in Lagos State and North Central (Abuja) Areas on an open access, non discriminatory, price regulated model.

In a widely advertised Public Notice endorsed by the Public Affairs Department of NCC, made available to ITRealms, the Commission invited competent companies to submit tenders for its consideration in the Phase 1 step.

Also, the Commission informed it has examined and considered the open access model as the preferred strategic means for the deployment of optic fibre backbone infrastructure that will bridge the current broadband gaps, enhance development of local content and deliver cost effective services to Nigerian households and businesses.

NCC told ITRealms that potential applicants have until August 4, 2014 to purchase tender documents and submit bids for them to qualify in the process.

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Pix: EVC, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah

Monday, June 23, 2014

ICANN50 draws 3,343 participants, affirms multistakeholder model for Internet Governance

About 3,343 participants have registered on site at the Hilton Metropole venue of the fifty public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in London, reports ITRealms.

President and CEO of ICANN, Mr. Fadi Chehadé, told ITRealms at the opening session on Monday that today is a great day for advancement of the multistakeholder model and its inclusivity.

He stressed that ICANN 50 is a milestone meeting for many reasons, not the least of which is the remarkable affirmations of the multistakeholder model it has brought and participation of 3,343 as this morning."

He also commended the Chinese government's adoption of the Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC) deployment and the expansion of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) protocol, which would ensure the expansion of the continued global expansion of the Internet.

He also called for the implementation of the NetMundial for the Internet community to make progress. While acknowledged the announcements by both Lebanon and China, "Both are a testament to the world's growing commitment to an inclusive multistakeholder Internet governance model, as is the remarkably high participation from so many people from every region of the world."

Equally speaking, Minister Lu Wei of China's Cyberspace Affairs Administration told attendees, noted that they all hold one single aspiration, that is, to improve the governance of the Internet. This is in line with ICANN's vision of 'One World, One Internet'.

He expressed appreciation and support for the advancements of the multistakeholder model that framed the NETmundial meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil in April.

Minister Lu's comments followed the recognition of the newly formed Lebanon Internet Center or LINC.

Dr. Imad Hoballah, a member of the LINC Board, said, "The multistakeholder approach draws its strength from the ability to bring together diverse views, and align them to a common goal of a global, interoperable Internet."

The U.K.'s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Edward Vaizey told participants, "The Internet, as it has been governed, has to be seen as an unqualified success story. It's created the opportunity for massive economic growth and for greater intellectual freedom. So if we're going to look at the governance of the Internet, it's important that we preserve those principles."

Board Chair, Dr. Stephen Crocker, embraced ICANN's maturation to meet the needs of an expanding online world.  "Our world, - the Internet world… is constantly evolving, changing to meet the ever-expanding number of global Internet users."

The Board Chair for the UK Internet registry Nominet, Baroness Rennie Fritchie said, "We approach the challenge of Internet governance with the same appetite, finding better ways of doing our bit, working together and a desire to make real progress."

The First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Carwyn James told participants that in an increasingly globalized world, having a sense of identity, of course, becomes ever more important.

"The Internet allows us to make connections that go beyond our local neighborhoods and even beyond our country's borders, allowing individuals to develop their personal identity in whatever manner they see fit," James said.

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Photo: ICANN president, Fadi Chehade.

Avri Doria is ICANN multistakeholder ethos pioneer awardee

The Evaluation Committee for the pioneer ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Programme  2014, has selected a longtime community member, Avri Doria, as the first-ever recipient, reports ITRealms.

Avri's nomination ITRealms learnt, received the highest vote out of the 22 other nominees to win the award in recognition of her multiple roles in ICANN, cutting across the Accountability and Transparency Review Team-2 (ATRT2), the ICANN academy and being an active participant in many working groups.

ITRealms also gathered that the Ethos award noted her active and constructive engagement in other Internet fora such as the United Nation’s (UN) Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), and others.

Avri Doria, ITRealms recalled was a Nominating Committee appointee to ICANN's GNSO Council from 2005-2009, and elected from the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) from 2013 to now, Avri also chaired the GNSO and its council from 2007-2009. She has served in multiple GNSO working groups, as a key participant on the Joint Applicant Support Program Cross Community Working Group, and within several At-Large working groups. A resident of Rhode Island, US, she is currently a policy and governance advisor to dotgay LLC, on the research staff of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and a member of the faculty of the International School for Internet Governance.

Overall, the evaluation panel selected her as having demonstrated the best spirit of collaboration as shown through empathy and a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures and interests.

Further, she was reported according to available evaluation process to  ITRealms as having demonstrated willingness to reach out to new people, to listen and really engage with others who do not necessarily share her viewpoints or interests. She is well known beyond any one constituency or stakeholder group as someone willing to have a true dialogue and work toward consensus. She is a real steward of the multistakeholder model.

The community evaluation panel was: Carolina Aguerre, John Berard, David Conrad, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Robert Guerra, Roelof Meijer, Jonathan Robinson and Stefano Trumpy. Nominees and nominators are confidential.

Working over a period of four weeks, they evaluated nominations sent in from the community and carefully deliberated each candidate on four criteria, namely demonstrated multistakeholder volunteer service via working groups or committees; Demonstrated spirit of collaboration through engagement with other community members with the aim of consensus building; Demonstrated facilitator of dialogue and open discussion in a fair, cordial and collegial manner.; demonstrated additional devotional factors exhibited by time spent supporting ICANN's multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness.

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Westlake Governance to conduct GNSO independent review

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Monday named Westlake Governance Limited to conduct an independent review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), reports ITRealms.

This review, ITRealms gathered is part of ICANN's commitment to continuous improvement, accountability and transparency.

ITRealms notes that GNSO serves an important function as an organisation within the ICANN community responsible for developing and recommending to the ICANN Board substantive policies relating to generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

ITRealms recalled that the purpose of the review is to evaluate organizational effectiveness of the GNSO, acknowledge areas that are working well, identify areas that need improvement and propose needed changes. This review, like reviews of other structures within ICANN, is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

The GNSO Review, ICANN officials confirm would address the new, improved approach to conducting reviews. Stressing that the GNSO will be a protagonist in this inclusive process: in keeping with ICANN's bottom-up, multistakeholder approach, this review process will incorporate a "self-review" by the GNSO community and its direct involvement.

“An online survey will collect feedback from other ICANN structures and community members, the Board and staff. Westlake will collect both quantitative and qualitative data through various work methods to develop a sufficient basis for formulating findings and recommendations. The review will begin immediately and is expected to conclude in January 2015,” ICANN official told ITRealms.

The selection of an independent examiner was done in accordance with the process defined in SIC Systematization of Organizational Reviews Processes and involves organizational review staff and the Structural Improvements Committee of the Board.

“Seven proposals were carefully evaluated and the evaluation results and scores were presented for consideration and action by the ICANN Board Structural Improvements Committee. The selection criteria included: Knowledge and Expertise (including knowledge of ICANN), Qualifications of the Professional Team Assigned (including ability to act independently, without conflict of interest); Proposed Methodology; Ability to Deliver High Quality, Useful Report and Recommendations; and Costs.

Westlake Governance is a globally-focused, New Zealand-based consulting firm, serving clients from a wide cross-section of not-for-profit, commercial and government-owned sectors. The firm has performed reviews of ICANN's At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC).

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

ICANN board on new gTLD writes NCSG on INGO protection

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) board on new Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Programme Committee (NGPC) has written the Non-Commercial Users Stakeholder Group (NCSG) on the need for the protection of the International Non-Government Organisation (INGO) identifiers in all gTLDs, reports ITRealms.

The letter from the NGPC regarding protection of IGO-INGO identifiers in all gTLDs, sighted by ITRealms dated June 16, 2014 and addressed to Jonathan by the chairperson of the Board New Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Programme Committee, Cherine Chalaby, dated June 16, 2014, said it was to provide an update on the ongoing work in response to the GNSO policy recommendations regarding Protection of IGO-INGO Identifiers in all gTLDs and the advice from the Government Advisory Council (GAC) in its Buenos Aires Communiqué addressing the same topic.

ITRealms reports that on 30 April 2014, the ICANN board adopted the GNSO Council’s policy recommendations on IGO-INGO protections that were not inconsistent with the GAC’s advice, and requested additional time to consider the remaining policy recommendations that are inconsistent with the GAC’s advice on the same topic.

“The Board committed to facilitate discussions among the relevant parties to reconcile any remaining differences between the policy recommendations and the GAC advice on the topic, and previously tasked the NGPC to help with this process,” Chalaby said.

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Anne-Rachel, Conrad rejoin ICANN to support global engagement, technical excellence


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has named David Conrad to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Anne-Rachel Inné to the role of VP, Government Engagement – Geneva, reports ITRealms.

As CTO, ITRealms reports that Conrad would work closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop a technology roadmap for the Internet identifiers system and coordinate with community. Conrad will assume the role of CTO on 4 August and report to Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division.
"David's extensive experience with domain name system operations, Internet identifier technology, cybersecurity, and IT, coupled with his familiarity with ICANN, makes him the ideal person for this new role," said Atallah. "I am confident that David will quickly make an impact as we continue to focus on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and security of our business operations."
Anne-Rachel Inné will assume the role on 15 July and report to ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President on Government Engagement, Tarek Kamel.
Based in ICANN's Geneva Engagement Center, Anne-Rachel will be responsible for designing a full engagement plan for ICANN's outreach work with the country missions to the UN in Geneva.
"The VP Government Engagement role- Geneva is critical in expanding our engagement efforts with governments, intergovernmental organizations and the UN in Geneva," said Kamel. "We are pleased to welcome back Anne-Rachel to ICANN, and are confident she'll bring a lot to the role based on her extensive experience in the ICANN community."
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

World Cup 2014: 17.5m Nigerians watch Nigeria v. Iran on TV

The world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, GeoPoll announced initial findings on Television (TV) ratings, audience size and demographics following the first games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, saying that 17.5 million Nigerians watched between Nigeria and Iran, reports ITRealms.

The data, gathered via mobile surveys in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda provides a first-ever glimpse of the fans who are tuning into the World Cup in these countries, and represents ratings from more than 300 million African citizens. 

According to the GeoPoll founder, Mr. James Eberhard, the game between Nigeria and Iran, played during prime time in Nigeria, drew 17.5 million Nigerian adult viewers.

This he also said, amounts to 20 per cent of the Nigerian adult population, even as over 25 million adults from all the surveyed African nations watched the Nigeria game, making it the most watched game in these markets over the first 5 days of play.

Mr. Eberhard said that Ghana’s World Cup viewership stays high across games - Ghana viewership has remained high across all games: 3.5 million watched the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, and the gripping match between Ghana and the United States on Monday attracted 2.4 million adult Ghanaian viewers.

The U.S./Ghana game aired at 10pm Ghana time, the report revealed might explain the drop in viewership numbers in the country, compared to the earlier Monday games which saw 3.1 million Ghanaian viewers.

“On average across the first 5 days of games, 2.2 million Ghanaians have tuned in to every hour of play,” he said. 

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Pix: GeoPoll founder, Mr. James Eberhard