Wales declares online independence with .wales and .cymru domains

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THE Welsh Government will seek to promote its presence online by changing its web domain to include .wales and .cymru, the First Minister announced yesterday.

Carwyn Jones told the fiftieth Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) conference in London that a switch from .gov.uk will enhance Wales’ global presence.

Other organisations will make the switch, including Sport Wales and the National Museum of Wales, from next September. General availability will start from spring 2015.

The First Minister said: “This provides us with an opportunity to set Wales apart online and promote the unique benefits of our country, both economically and culturally. By securing bilingual domain names we are also able to promote and encourage the use of the Welsh language online.”

The Chair of Nominet, the company responsible for running the .uk domain name registry, Baroness Rennie Fritchie said: “The Welsh Government has warmly endorsed .cymru and .wales right from the start and we are delighted that they have committed to making the switch. This move is a fitting celebration of the beginning of an online space that is truly Welsh.”

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1:42pm Tue 24 Jun 14

nickea says...

About time
About time nickea
  • Score: -5

1:46pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already.
Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

2:37pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Explainitplease says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already.
As our pockets empty...

What an absolute waste of time and money!
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already.[/p][/quote]As our pockets empty... What an absolute waste of time and money! Explainitplease
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Tue 24 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Shame that "Wales.Gov.halfaslee
p/resting.com" wasn't available.
Shame that "Wales.Gov.halfaslee p/resting.com" wasn't available. KarloMarko
  • Score: -3

3:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Newportg says...

Great idea!
Great idea! Newportg
  • Score: -4

3:55pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Is there no limit to the amount of cr*p this bloke can spout? It's a string of computer text you moron. No-one reads it or cares.
Is there no limit to the amount of cr*p this bloke can spout? It's a string of computer text you moron. No-one reads it or cares. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cymrocaerffili says...

Same old same old from the usual anti-Welsh-everythin
g brigade. This is great for Wales to be able to showcase our nation on the World Wide Web. I'm not a Labour supporter, but I will congratulate where good work is done...some people may not feel the benfit from this...but many of our Welsh businesses and organisations will. Da iawn! :)
Same old same old from the usual anti-Welsh-everythin g brigade. This is great for Wales to be able to showcase our nation on the World Wide Web. I'm not a Labour supporter, but I will congratulate where good work is done...some people may not feel the benfit from this...but many of our Welsh businesses and organisations will. Da iawn! :) cymrocaerffili
  • Score: 1

12:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cymrocaerffili says...

Explainitplease wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already.
As our pockets empty...

What an absolute waste of time and money!
Actually it wasn't the Welsh Government just promoting this...also have you seen how much a domain name costs??? About £35 so stop winging.
[quote][p][bold]Explainitplease[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Fantastic - I feel my quality of life has improved already.[/p][/quote]As our pockets empty... What an absolute waste of time and money![/p][/quote]Actually it wasn't the Welsh Government just promoting this...also have you seen how much a domain name costs??? About £35 so stop winging. cymrocaerffili
  • Score: 1

2:41pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

cymrocaerffili wrote:
Same old same old from the usual anti-Welsh-everythin

g brigade. This is great for Wales to be able to showcase our nation on the World Wide Web. I'm not a Labour supporter, but I will congratulate where good work is done...some people may not feel the benfit from this...but many of our Welsh businesses and organisations will. Da iawn! :)
It isn't a nation though is it.
[quote][p][bold]cymrocaerffili[/bold] wrote: Same old same old from the usual anti-Welsh-everythin g brigade. This is great for Wales to be able to showcase our nation on the World Wide Web. I'm not a Labour supporter, but I will congratulate where good work is done...some people may not feel the benfit from this...but many of our Welsh businesses and organisations will. Da iawn! :)[/p][/quote]It isn't a nation though is it. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 0

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