theEweekly Wrap: bids, bloggers and blunders
|dotScot demand||The Scottish government has asked for support from the UK’s communications minister Ed Vaizey in establishing a unique Top Level Domain (TLD) for companies and organisations in Scotland. The domain – known as .scot or dotScot – has been the objective of not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry for over two years, and is endorsed by the Scottish government. Now, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil has written to Mr. Vaizey, asking for the UK government’s backing when a bid for the domain is made.
The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced an overhaul for TLDs. ICANN will be accepting bids for new generic TLDs (gTLDs) for three months in 2012, starting on 12 January. Many cities, cultures and groups are considering putting in bids, with proposed new TLDs including dotLondon, dotGay, dotSport, and dotCymru for websites in the Welsh language.
|Freedom of blog||Italy’s blogger community is rallying against a controversial new bill that would subject blogs to the same rules as news websites. The bill’s first purpose was to prevent the media from publishing transcripts of conversations recorded by wiretapping or bugging for the purposes of criminal investigations.
However, it also included a clause on the ‘right to reply’: the legally enforced right of anyone who believes they have been misrepresented or wrongly criticised to respond via the same platform. If the bill passes, bloggers will have 48 hours to allow the subjects of their posts to publish a reply, or else face a £10,000 fine. Leaders of opposing parties have called the bill ‘fascist’ and argue that the measures have been put forward in an attempt to save face for Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, currently embroiled in a prostitution scandal.
|Not the real IRA||ITV bosses have apologised after using graphics from a PC game in a documentary. Exposure – exploring links between Colonel Gadaffi and the IRA terrorist attacks – aired on Monday, showing a clip of masked men shooting down a helicopter with the caption ‘IRA film 1988’. However, gamers soon spotted similarities between this clip and Arma II, a 2009 PC shooter game based in the fictional land of Chernarus.
ITV intended to broadcast footage of a British Army helicopter being shot down by the Provisional IRA in South Armagh in 1988. And in their defence, it seems the clip in question was actually a YouTube video entitled PIRA Shoot Down British Helicopter 1988. An ITV spokesman said: “It would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers. This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise.”