.cat abuse

puntCAT’s application for the sponsored top level domain .cat clearly states that its purpose is to serve the Catalan linguistic and cultural community. All 67 supporting organisations and all examples given of eligible entities are of this nature; none are state entities whose purpose is public administration in its general sense, which is a rather different bouillabaisse.

Yet–surprise, surprise!–it is local government bodies run by nationalists which are leading the charge to register, suggesting that puntCAT’s application was nothing more than Trojan horse for the virtual separatists.

(The major local precedent for this is the regional government, the Generalitat, which on the instigation of the nationalists shifted from the logical gencat.es to gencat.net, leading the facetious to suggest that it was abandoning all pretence of administrative competence and repositioning itself as an ISP.)

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