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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

COVID-19: World must review priorities, technology governance says Ajijola - ITREALMS

The Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Limited, Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, has declared that Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, provided the world with the opportunity to review priorities towards building all-inclusive society and technology governance, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN68) Nigerian preparatory virtual meeting held recently on subtheme: ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) noted that although the Internet may seem not to be broken, according to Vinton Cerf, “but its inequalities need to be fixed.”

He also said that some 81 per cent of the global workforce of some 3.3 billion, have had their workplace fully or partly close and described this as COVID-19 helping to accelerate “migration to online interactions.”

ITREALMS gathered he cited an instance of a security challenge with the relief for registrants in response to COVID-19, which prompted ICANN org to invoke Section 3.7.5.1 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for a record second time.

Ajijola who also is Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group (AUCSEG) advised that based on the contemporary Internet state due to COVID-19, that society must take a human-centred and inclusive approach to technology governance.

“Covid-19 has provided our society an opportunity to review our priorities and focus,” he asserted, stressing that with the evolution of today, “We should not seek to go back to normal but to move forward to what is better.”

As said by Ajijola “We need to develop and implement trusted, inclusive and equitable educational, social, financial and related systems.”

He posited that responsibility to factor in “our virtual development plans the underserved, unserved and unborn as they must live, in the future, with the precedents and decisions we make now.”

Further, Ajijola outlined some of SSAC’s responsibilities to include “Review incidents, issues, and topics that are broadly related to the security and stability of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems; Chartered by the ICANN Board of Directors- However, SSAC often studies issues and topics originating from the community at large in addition to issues or questions requested by the Board.

Also, he said, “Many of the SSAC's efforts are prompted by a security event involving the domain name system (DNS) or an abuse of domain name registration services. The multiple origins of activities reveal that the SSAC's role, like other security groups, is both proactive and reactive.”

In addition, Ajijola said, “Other criminals register domain names to lure victims to web sites to trick users into downloading spyware or malware. “

SSAC, he pointed out, issues reports and advisories recommending ways domain name registration service providers could reduce the number of malicious domain name registrations, consult with security, DNS, and law enforcement communities as need arises.

This clause, he said, permits registrars to be temporarily forbidden from cancelling domain name registrations that were unable to be renewed as a result of a natural disaster.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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