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Bill Kidd MSP welcomes new internet domain to put Scottish identity online

This summer people and organisations in Scotland, and in the wider Scots diaspora, will have the opportunity to buy dotSCOT web addresses, for both website and email addresses, for the first time.

 It is understood that the new domain could be on general sale in time for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

Dot Scot Registry (DSR), a Glasgow-based not-for-profit company, has agreed terms with the international regulatory authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to operate the new dotSCOT internet domain. The notification of the contract agreement was placed on ICANN's website on Monday, 27 January 2014. It had previously been anticipated that ICANN’s processes would mean that the new domain would not be available until early 2015.

DotSCOT will offer a unique branding tool for businesses and a clear cultural identifier for people and organisations in Scotland and also for the international diaspora that extends to many tens of millions more.

The Scottish Government has actively supported DSR in the application process, regarding dotSCOT as an asset for the public good which supports the business, cultural, linguistic and artistic uniqueness of Scotland.

Mr Kidd said:

“2014 is an exciting year for Scotland, and I’m delighted that this distinct online identity for the nation, and all who take an interest in Scotland, will become available this summer.

“This will be a great opportunity for businesses and organisations in Glasgow Anniesland to adopt a signature domain name that reflects their roots in Scottish society.”

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