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Eighth Africa domain name system (DNS) forum 2020 goes virtual

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BY: Chisom Ada

The eighth Africa Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which was to be held in Dakar Senegal under the auspices of Senegal Network Information Centre with the support of the government of Senegal, will now be held virtually.

This decision was made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting, scheduled for 27-28 July 2020, is an annual open event for stakeholders in the domain name industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the Africa Registrar Association (AfRegistrar), and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This year, the Africa DNS Forum has been restructured to adapt to the virtual platform, with a total of four sessions that will be spread over a two-day period. Each session will be two hours long and will cover thematic topics focused on policy, technical, and marketing, as well as emerging issues under the current pandemic and other emergencies.

Holding this meeting virtually will provide the opportunity to test the resilience of the infrastructure in the region. Remote participation will be available through Zoom and live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

The first edition of the Forum was held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Since then the model has been replicated in the Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific regions. The Forum has also been held in Abuja, Nigeria (2014); Nairobi Kenya (2015); Marrakech, Morocco (2016); Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (2017); Cotonou, Benin (2018); and Gaborone, Botswana (2019).

How to Register

To register and learn more about the Africa DNS Forum, click here.

What you should know about the organizing partners

AFTLD

Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD) is the association of country code top level domain (ccTLD) registry managers in the Africa region.

The main objective of AFTLD is to provide a forum for ccTLD managers from the Africa region to discuss issues regarding management of ccTLD registries. 

AFTLD then presents their common position on key global issues in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry in international meetings

AfRegistrar

AfRegistrar association includes all ICANN accredited registrars based in the African continent, The AfRegistrars shall fulfil the role, responsibilities, and functions of the AfRegistrar as defined within the ICANN Bylaws.

ICANN

ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other.

ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. 

ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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UK body, Greenfield Law partner FG to host technical conference on Right of Way

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The UK Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and Greenfields Law, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are set to host a National Technical Conference on Right of Way and Site Build Permitting.

The Technical Conference is part of the UK Government’s Technical Assistance package in advancing policy and regulatory reforms on Right of Way (RoW) with the aim of promoting inclusive and sustainable digital access in the country.

At the virtual conference which is scheduled to hold on August 13th, 2020, the findings and recommendations from a technical study on Effective Right of Way (RoW) Administration and Issuance of Planning Permits for Masts and Towers for instituting reforms by state governments and other agencies of government which was commissioned under the UK Government Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme and undertaken by Greenfields Law, will be presented to stakeholders.

The Honorable minister of communications and digital economy, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, state governors and chief executive officers of telecommunications companies are among the stakeholders expected to participate at the technical conference.

According to the Managing Counsel of Greenfields Law and a leading telecommunications policy, law and regulation practitioner, Osondu Nwokoro, “the study consulted widely, obtained and processed information from virtually all segments of the telecommunications industry including service providers, policy advocacy groups,  consumer associations, relevant agencies and officials of state governments across the six geo-political zones while also noting best practices around right of way and site build permitting in other countries.”

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From this process, Nwokoro said, the study developed  pragmatic policy, legal and regulatory right of way and site build processes which will be recommended  at the conference for  adoption at all levels of government, to address the long-standing problems around right of way and site build permitting in Nigeria, thereby facilitating digital access and consequently the attainment of the targets of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, 2019 as well as the National Broadband Plan, 2020-2025.

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FirstBank is promoting growth of banking technology in Nigeria via Fintech Summit 4.0

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced that the 2020 edition of its annual FinTech Summit is scheduled to hold on Thursday, 6 August 2020 by 12.00 noon.

The event will be virtually held via Zoom Meetings.

The 2020 edition of the summit, which is the fourth in its series is themed; “How Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will Disrupt FinTech in Nigeria” and will be discussed by experts, key and leading players, policy influencers and regulatory officials in the Nigerian financial, banking and technological climate.

To participate in the event, click this LINK to register.

The Founder of HopStop, Chinedu Echeruo,  which was sold to Apple for $1bn will be leading the discussion as the Keynote speaker alongside other panelists; Musa Itopa Jimoh, Director, Payments System Management Department and Aminu Maida, Executive Director, Technology & Operations, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). 

Representing FirstBank in the panel of discussants are the Group Executive, Technology & Services, Callistus Obetta and the Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, Chuma Ezirim.

Speaking on the event, the Deputy Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, said; “at FirstBank, we have been at the forefront of employing technology in the delivery of financial services in the country exemplified by our various products and services such as FirstMobile, USSD Banking services, FirstMonie Wallet, FirstMonie Agent Banking, FirstAdvance loans provisions

“The 2020 edition of our FINTECH summit will build on the successes achieved in the last three editions. We welcome the panelists as we look forward to the shared knowledge which will be integral to deepening the continued growth of banking technology, especially its impact on the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria and the continent at large.”

“Technology continues to play a fundamental role in driving financial inclusion and strengthening the growth of SMEs that contribute significantly to the development of the country.

“We encourage members of the public, players in the fintech and financial climate to register, as there is knowledge for everyone,” he concluded.

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Nigeria Computer Society ready for (virtual) 11th International Conference – Prof. Sodiya

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President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya speaking during a virtual press Conference on NCS 11th International Conference 2020

The National Executive Council (NEC), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), working with the Conferences Committee, today announced the readiness to host the eleventh (11th) International Conference.

NCS is dubbed the biggest and premier professional association in Nigeria’s tech sector. It is the umbrella body of all IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.  

With about 15,000 members, spread across all the states of the federation, NCS remains the only national IT society with highly-skilful and dependable domain experts in various fields of Information Technology.

Speaking during a virtual press briefing about the upcoming NCS International conference, the President, Professor Adesina Sodiya, a fellow of NCS, said that with major interest groups including; ISPON, ITAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS and structural organs; College of Fellows, Chapters, NACOSS, the Association remains committed to promoting and leapfrogging IT development in Nigeria.

He described the International Conference is the biggest and most influential IT event in Nigeria.

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He announced that the Conference will hold from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th of August 2020 virtually, with the theme “Emerging Applications and Technologies for Industry 4.0 (EATI 2020)”.

“In the last forty-two years of NCS existence, our conference venue has been rotated amongst the six geopolitical zones in the Country. Even the 2020 conference was initially scheduled to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State before the pandemic. Interestingly, this is the first time NCS will be holding virtual Conference in the history of this society.

“The challenge posed by COVID-19 reaffirms the need for Information Technology Professionals to change their strategies.  Infact, Covid-19 has introduced a new normal paradigm shift which the whole is currently battling with.

“The theme of the conference was carefully and scientifically chosen in order to provide the needed technological supports for industries in this modern society. Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial revolution is simply about smart manufacturing. The technological components of industry 4.0 are full process and production line automation; intelligent control of cyber-physical systems; and adoption of Internet of things (IoT), robotics, big data analytics, cloud computing, and machine learning. As a nation, our industries must leverage on these technologies for enhanced profitability and economic well-being.

“The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub themes such as:

  • Innovative Strategies for addressing cybersecurity and privacy challenges in industry 4.0
  • A New Generation of Cyber Physical Systems in the Era of AI
  • Identity and Population management strategies for stimulating digital Economy
  • Youth Innovation and Sustainable Productivity
  • Future Learning
  • The Future University: Academia-Industry collaboration for Industry 4.0
  • Applications and Techniques in Industry 4.0
  • Applications and Techniques in High Performance Computing and Networks
  • Technology governance, Policy and Regulatory framework
  • Smart manufacturing: Implications for Small, Medium and Large-Scale Enterprises
  • Connectivity Infrastructural Requirements for Industry 4.0
  • Financial Systems and Services for Industry 4.0

Prof. Sodiya added that this year’s International Conference will provide a multi-stakeholder forum to examine pertinent considerations in showcasing emerging applications and technologies to achieving fourth industrial revolution that will lead to Sustainable Development. Engagement opportunities will be explored during the Conference to present and develop effective strategies, creative approaches and practical solutions.

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President, Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Adesina Sodiya (m) speaking during a virtual press Conference on NCS 11th International Conference 2020; flanked by the Executive Director, NCS, Engr. Iyioola Ayoola and another member of NEC

“Specific highlights of the conference include Official Opening and Keynotes, Plenary and Parallel Sessions, Technical Sessions, Seminars, Induction of New Members, Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform, Exhibition and Products Launch, Public Sector ICT Showcase, networking, NITDA session, National IT Competitions, Fellows’ Forum and Annual General Meeting”, he said.

The event will also feature NCS President Award for distinguished personalities and groups in IT industry and winners of NCS organised competitions.

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