I talked some time ago about the campaign in Scotland to register a new internet domain name for the Gaelic nation and the BBC reports some new developments:

“The Scottish government has sought fresh backing for the creation of an internet domain for Scotland.

Not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry (DSR) was set up two years ago to push for the establishment of .scot.

The UK government, which has responsibility for internet governance, has been asked to support the bid.

The new effort to have .scot created follows an announcement that applications for new top level domains (TLDs) will be sought in 2012.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment, said the Scottish government had been supporting DSR’s work.

He said: “I am sure the UK government with its responsibility for internet governance will want to support us.

“Across the board support would undoubtedly strengthen our hand and build momentum behind the bid.”

Mr Neil added: “DotScot will be a wonderful asset for establishing a distinctive online identity for many organisations and people who have been described as the worldwide family of Scots and want to demonstrate that identity online.””

The positioning of the SNP behind this new initiative to get the stalled DotScotland project rolling is undoubtedly yet another move in the long game Alex Salmond is playing to slowly re-establish a separate and distinct Scottish national identity in the areas of language, education, law, policing, social services and now even the internet.

But what about a DotAlba domain name in addition to DotScotland? After all Scotland is a bilingual nation and Scottish is its native language. I’ve made the same argument for the undoubted need for a DotÉire domain name for Ireland.

Time for a Dot Éire Registry?

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