.Scot campaign seeks UK Gov backing
Scots say domain will pay for itself
The Scottish government has asked the UK culture minister to back its bid for a .scot domain when applications for new top-level domain names open in January.
In a letter sent to Ed Vaizey today, Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment in Scotland, said that the .scot domain would bring together "a worldwide family of Scots" and give them a place "to demonstrate that identity online".
The new domain would pay for itself too, claims Neil, "we believe there is strong demand for a dot-scot domain and that it should be run as a public resource on a not-for-profit basis that will quickly become self financing."
The Scottish government has officially thrown its backing behind DSR, the Dot Scot Registry, a campaign group that has been preparing its bid for the domain since it was announced two years ago that new TLDs would be introuduced.
Starting January 2012, there will be a three-month window for people to bid for new top-level domains. Applications have to be made through ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Hundreds of bids for domains are expected to be submitted, including dotNYC, dotLondon, dotBerlin, and dotCymru in a process that will expand greatly the number of domains or web addresses available to internet users. ®
Speaking as a Scot, meh. Other than squatters and people building fan pages, who cares about top level domains nowadays? I had to look up at the address bar to remember if it was theregister.co.uk or .com - In the unlikely event that I lose my bookmarks my browser is kind enough to predict where I'm going by the time I've typed "thereg". I can't see this being useful for anyone other than scammers who are selling stuff and want to give the impression their product is genuinely from Scotland/London/NYC/KFC/whatever.
Actually the more I think about it the less meh and the more annoyed I am - this is another example of people spending disproportionate time and effort (campaigning for two years?) demanding pointless crap that achieves next to nothing.
Not a fan of the SNP - but...
.. it was Labour who were behind the parliament building and the SNP were against the trams from day one.
We don't need /another/ tld. It's not like anyone would just have a .scot. It's just another domain to buy to ring fence your trademarks.
Stupid moneygrab of an idea. If we were independent, then sure, but we're not; and not likely to be any time soon.