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.)
- Domains for non-existent countries
Eric Dams notes the problems Flemish ultras are facing in getting their own “country” domain. The report in De Tijd is
- Sick of people moaning about 1714?
It’s worse in Perpignan, where they’re still going on about 1659. [ I hope you all know that Ceuta and Melilla are
- Local government: e-gnoramuses
I reckon that most of the money invested by local and regional government in providing e-services, ranging from bog-standard pages for
- Do traders prefer blondes?
If the UK’s worse hit than Spain, how come there’s less fear in the markets of it defaulting on its sovereign
- Quantitative analysis by language of Barcelona publications in British Library Integrated Catalogue
The Catalan government continues to claim that public use of Catalan was prohibited during the dictatorship, but everyone sensible now agrees