It has been disclosed that the Nigerian Internet community has commenced plans to gather information on the history of the internet in the country.
Their aim is to collate an overview of how the internet industry in Nigeria has evolved, with the team project lead by Titilayo Akinsanmi-Bolarinwa. It runs until 22 April for the first phase, with respondents sending feedback to 9jaInternethistory@nira.ng.
The team leader said that the project would run in three phases, while the timelines for the next two phases have yet to be decided.
Bolarinwa noted that the project would involve development of work plans with assigned tasks across phases and by identifying specific recipients to write for each sector as well as development of questionnaires.
The team leader said the project would include public announcements on the subject, collation and editing of responses, publishing of the draft and a comments period.
It also includes the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Minister of Communications Technology, academia, private sector, media, civil society groups and individual end-users.
Furthermore, she promised that contact details would be kept very confidential and respondents would be expected to add the organization, affiliations they represent and perspectives on the internet in Nigeria.
“Please share any facts, milestones, personalities or events that pertain to the growth of the internet in Nigeria,” she solicited.
According to her, this is part of a wider strategy to further strengthen and entrench a cohesive and united voice for Nigeria in the ecosystem.
Speaking on the strategy, Bolarinwa said it is to capture in this first round a general background of how the internet ecosystem and its use evolved in Nigeria.