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27 May, 2020

The 10th edition of the wapps .cat contest is reaching it end, and the winners will be announced tomorrow on the programme Popap escolar on Catalunya Ràdio

Every year, the .cat Foundation organises wapps .cat, the contest for the creation of websites and apps in Catalan aimed at students of 5th- and 6th-grade primary school, secondary and higher education, as well as intermediate and upper vocational training. This year, the contest is in its 10th year and it’s celebrating in a very special way. The award ceremony is to be broadcast live tomorrow at 4 p.m. on the programme Popap escolar by Mariola Dinarès on Catalunya Ràdio.

Wapps .cat has broken its record for participation this year. 3,321 students (2,330 boys and 840 girls) from 118 schools scattered around the Catalan-speaking region took part in the contest. A total of 1,183 work groups were created. Of these, 470 projects reached the final stage of the contest.

24 April, 2020

Teachers improve their digital skills thanks to an initiative by the URV and the .cat Foundation

The URV and the .cat Foundation are joining forces to help improve the digital skills of teachers in the Catalan-speaking regions. On one hand, the URV, a trustee of the .cat Foundation, the UDL and the UdA are promoting the Observ@COMDID, an observatory for the development of digital teaching skills for teachers already working and those still being trained. On the other, the .cat Foundation, a private non-profit organisation committed to improving digital skills in the field of education since it was established, is promoting the competition for the creation of websites in Catalan wapps .cat and teacher training.

Competències digitals

21 April, 2020

The Catalan-speaking internet weathers the storm of the Covid-19 crisis despite the regional inequalities

Internet consumer habits have suddenly changed in light of the situation generated by the coronovirus pandemic and the declared state of emergency with the subsequent confinement of the population. This has meant that network connectivity infrastructures have had to deal with a much more intense, widespread and extensive demand than usual. The .cat Foundation has reached a partnership agreement with Ookla, one of the leading companies worldwide in connectivity verification and performance data analysis, to have access to connectivity data in the Catalan-speaking regions with the highest population.

Estudi test de velocitat

23 January, 2020

The puntCAT Foundation appeared before the National Court to find out the reasons for blocking the tsunamidemocràtic.cat website

The puntCAT Foundation has announced today at a press conference that it has appeared before the National Court in order to find out the reasons that caused/triggered the adoption of the injunction issued on 18 October 2019 by the Central Court of Instruction No. 6, which ordered the operators to block access to the Tsunamidemocratic.cat website from IP addresses located in Spain.

25 November, 2020

Fundació .cat has signed the adhesion to 5G Barcelona

Today, the president of the Fundació .cat, Carles Salvadó, and the CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Carlos Grau, have signed the adhesion of .cat to 5G Barcelona, an initiative promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the City Council of Barcelona, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, i2CAT, CTTC, Atos and the UPC. The incorporation of the Fundació .cat to 5G Barcelona will allow to do research about the value-added services that can be provided by Internet domains.

14 November, 2020

Statement from the Board of Trustees of Fundació .cat

Fundació .cat defends freedom of expression and fights for the right to decide as the only way to ensure the maintenance and future of our language and culture in the wake of the global political and technological threats that surround us. Language, Culture and the Internet are our DNA.

18 October, 2020

Fundació .cat defends a free and neutral Internet

Fundació .cat expresses its total opposition to Spain’s National Court (Audiencia Nacional) ordering Spanish telecommunications companies to block access to the TsunamiDemocràtic.cat domain page.

While other European citizens can freely access it, Spain has adopted certain methods that are more typical of countries in which democracy and fundamental rights are not their distinguishing features.

25 July, 2020

CPNL and .cat encourage measures designed to extend the use of Catalan in local businesses and enterprises

The president of the Consortium for Linguistic Normalisation (CPNL), Ester Franquesa, and the president of Fundació .cat, Carles Salvadó, have signed a collaboration agreement designed to encourage the use of Catalan in digital environments in local businesses and enterprises.

The objective of the agreement is to increase the presence of Catalan in business websites  by means of joint awareness-raising sessions of an informative as well as executive nature, with a particular focus on online linguistic resources.

08 July, 2020

“Desprotegides, malgrat tot” an interactive report on violence against women

“Desprotegides, malgrat tot” (Unprotected, despite everything) is an in-depth report based on investigative journalism that uses public data to prove that the financial resources invested in eradicating violence against women are nowhere near enough. This report has been possible thanks to the collaboration of Fundació .cat, the partner digitally supporting the entire process.

 

03 June, 2020

The .cat Foundation receives the Honourable Mention at the 17th Festibity

Festibity awarded the .cat Foundation with the Honourable Mention for actively promoting ICTs through initiatives that seek to boost the internet business and its dissemination, for making technology a tool for growth, pluralism and participation and for being a vehicle to accompany language and culture. The Mention was awarded by councillor Jordi Puigneró to the president of the PuntCAT Foundation, Carles Salvadó, with Joan Francesc Gras and Salvador Alegret, former presidents of the entity.

16 May, 2020

The .cat domain is growing and now includes over 109,110 domains

On World Internet day, Fundació .cat presented the Annual observatory of the .cat domain. This study is an infographic analysis of the most relevant data of the domain over the past year and provides the evolution of .cat since 2005, the year in which it was created.

The study was presented at the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya (Official Association of Architects of Catalonia) to the main players of .cat (the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, registrars, organisations from the sector, and the Authorities, among others).

15 May, 2020

Acadèmia del Cinema Català and Fundació .cat work together on promoting the .cat domain

In order to promote the use of the .cat domain as much as possible, which has been adopted by the Acadèmia del Cinema Català in its web environment since it was established and in all its projects and applications, Fundació .cat is to offer a special package to members of the academy that includes a two-year registration of a .cat domain, along with other beneficial services at a competitive price that is accessible to all our film professionals.

The Foundation also agrees to provide support and specialist training to members of the Academy that adopt the .cat domain through this agreement, with regard to SEO management, content curation, traffic sources and web analytics tools.