Nigeria convenes internet governance forum
INTERNET| Sept. 20, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigeria’s Communication Technology Ministry, the NCC, NIRA and NITDA are convening a Nigerian Internet Governance Forum next week.
The organisers, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has announced that the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum 2012 will go ahead as scheduled on 25 September at the NICON Luxury International Hotel, Abuja.
The event is a one-day Preparatory National Stakeholders’ Forum, which calls for contributions from various stakeholders such as government, regulators, professional bodies, civil societies, academia, youths and women, operators, security and law enforcement agencies, law makers, international organizations, multilateral development partners, and the general public towards facilitating domestic inputs into the forthcoming Global Internet Governance Forum 2012 taking place at Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, November 6 – 9, 2012.
The theme of the NIGF 2012 is in alignment with the Theme of the Global IGF 2012:‘Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development.’ Please visit: http://www.intgovforum.org. While the event goal is to provide ‘Harmonization of National Multi-Stakeholders Positions based on the Global IGF 2012 Six Point Agenda’:
Access & Diversity (AD), Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), Security, Openness & Privacy (SOP), Managing Critical Internet Resource (MCIR), Emerging Issues (EI) and And Taking Stock & Way Forward.
The NIGF 2012 is scheduled to coordinate, collate and articulate the engagement of public and private sectors, civil societies, academia, security and law enforcement, government, law makers, academia, and the general public in a manner that best promotes and protects the nation’s position on Internet governance at the Global Forum.
The Hon. Minister of Communication Technology will be leading other agencies under the Ministry and will declare the workshop open, while the Forum will be chaired by Rear Admiral A.A. Madueke (retd), GCON, Mni, the Chairman Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria (ICN).The event is expected to have a record success on Internet Governance discussions.
The organisers therefore call on all internet stakeholders in the country to visit the NIGF 2012 official website www.nigf.org.ng to register and to participate through remote online video streaming. We are committed in ensuring broad participation of stakeholders in the domestic preparatory process leading up to a befitting and benefiting representation at IGF 2012.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Fibre rollout seeks stakeholder participationImplementers of new BoFINET projects dubbed Wholesale Wi-Fi and Fibre-to-the-X are calling on all relevant stakeholders to team up with them to help the projects take shape. Read More
Africa Online to launch new services in TanzaniaPan-African service provider, Gondwana International Networks (GIN), parent company to Africa Online, has announced that it will be expanding its VSAT services in Tanzania as well as launching a managed infrastructure and services solution called iManage. Read More
Orange rolls out 3G in Mandera CountyOrange has rolled out its GSM network in Mandera County as part of the company’s ongoing plan to connect all counties across the country to Orange’s high-speed network. Read More
Free Wifi at Dakar’s Independence SquareInternet users visiting the city centre of the Senegalese capital city will now be able to browse the internet for free at the Independence Square (Place de l’Indépendance), as part of the Dakar Digital City project. Read More
Local content will drive Nigeria’s internet penetration, says ComTech ministerContrary to the belief that social network platforms such as YouTube, Facebook WhatsApp and others will drive internet penetration, Nigeria’s Communication Technology Minister, Mrs Omobola Johnson, says local content will drive internet penetration in the country. Read More
Telecom Namibia hosts first WACS upgrade meetingThe West Africa Cable System (WACS) Consortium is meeting in Windhoek to discuss the upgrade of the system’s capacity in view of the enormous bandwidth update since commissioning in May 2013. Read More
TV White Spaces to improve broadband access in the health sectorBotswana Innovation Hub, in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, BoFiNet, USAID - NetHope and other private sector partners, will launch a TV White Spaces project to connect clinics this week. Read More
YahClick, Vox Telecom to provide internet to SKA community in SAYahClick has announced that, in conjunction with Vox Telecom, it has won an SKA project tender in South Africa. Read More
Rwanda: most affordable internet on the continentThe Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has ranked Rwanda as the African country with the most affordable internet. The Alliance announced the rankings at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Read More
BoFiNet hosts seminar on ICT projects and Wi-Fi servicesBotswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) is set to bring together stakeholders to share information on current projects status for the Fibre-to-the-X and Wholesale Wi-Fi. Read More
FEATURED STORY2bn priced out of internet access
A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Group Sustainability Report released
MTN Group’s efforts to advance social development in its markets through the integration of sustainable business practices into day-to-day activities, is yielding positive outcomes, the company’s Sustainability ...