The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) says it plans to produce a Nigerian whitelist to ensure that dotng (.ng) domain is trusted across the globe.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that whitelist is used frequently with e-mail applications to allow users to compile lists of senders they wish to receive e-mail from.
NIRA is a self-regulating body and managers of the .ng national resource, the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the public interest for Nigeria and global internet communities.
It is the registry for .ng Internet Domain Names and maintains the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain.
NIRA’s President, Mr Sunday Folayan, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that the whitelist would ensure that businesses on the .ng domain thrived.
Folayan said that the .ng string was a critical national resource and Nigeria’s unique identity on the World Wide Web (WWW).
He said that law enforcement agents often faced frustration when attempting to obtain information for the purpose of prosecuting cyber criminals.
He said whereas the laws may vary across jurisdictions, some organisations on the internet simply take the easier route of not doing business with people of certain nations, including Nigeria.
“There are many blacklists out there that simply list Nigerian businesses as not trustworthy and thus preventing them from competing globally.
“Dot.ng domain names and Nigerian Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are sometimes targeted.
“If we are to compete globally, we must begin to look at the various options available to give succour to Nigerian businesses.
“I do not dispute the fact that there are some bad elements out there, who derive joy in hacking, defrauding, identity theft and many other cyber crimes,’’ Folayan said.
He, however, said that there were many more innovative and enterprising businesses in Nigeria, playing second fiddle because they had a low reputation as decided by some unfair blacklists.
“NIRA must now evolve a way of creating trust and giving Nigerian businesses more latitude and confidence to operate in the cyberspace.
“We must find ways to give a voice to all deserving businessmen on the Internet,’’ Folayan said.
The NIRA president called for ideas, as the association tinkers on the easiest way to lift the veil of the blacklist and create better trust on the net for Nigerian businesses.