Scotland seeks its own gTLD - .sco
Posted in: Domain Names at 01/04/2008 12:50
Scotland's push for independence from Britain has moved into cyberspace. The push for independence, a goal of the Scottish National Party, has been tempered by the country's government not having a majority government. But newspapers such as The Sunday Times are reporting Alex Salmond, the first minister, is to lodge a formal request with ICANN for the gTLD .sco.
The push is inspired by the awarding of ccTLDs to Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and the .cat gTLD. The push is being led by Christine Grahame, a Nationalist Member of the Scottish Parliament who has been leading a campaign for Scotland to get its own identity on the worldwide web, said the move was essential.
Ms Grahame says a .sco gTLD would enhance the Scottish brand at an official level and "reinforce the distinctiveness of government in Scotland, and help improve further our external relations and national image." She also believes it would distance the Scottish parliament from the bad publicity of the UK government of recent years.
Should it be successful, .sco would be used for all official email addresses and websites, with reports there would be an expectation all government agencies to change to the new gTLD immediately.
Nationalists believe Scots would be very supportive of the proposed change as thousands already display the letters "Sco" and the Saltire on their car licence plates.
A spokesman for the internet-based DotSco campaign told The Daily Telegraph the change would benefit the Scottish tourist industry, but added that using the suffix would be entirely voluntary.
The .sco proposal follows the proposal for .cym (Wales) and .ldn (London).