The new BBC Scotland

The BBC announced today its plans for BBC Scotland and BBC Alba to be included in the new Royal Charter, and it’s fair to say that most people will be pleasantly surprised and enthusiastic about what’s to come. In the biggest shake-up of the state broadcaster’s role north of the border in 30 years, a new dedicated BBC Scotland channel will launch in Autumn 2018 to provide 5 hours of Scottish-focussed content each day. The centrepiece of this new channel will be a so-called “Scottish — Read more →

Secure passwords with salt and pepper hash

We’ve all heard about some of the biggest websites in the world being hacked in the last few years, be it LinkedIn, Yahoo or anyone else. The big deal when sites get hacked is that generally it means those who did the hacking have access to the site’s database, which contains all of the information held by the site about its users; which generally includes password information. The real problem with this is that many websites still don’t use the best practices when it comes — Read more →

Dreachd Plana Cànan Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig Ùr

Chaidh dreuchd fhoillseachadh den ath Phlana Cànan Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig aig Bòrd na Gàidhlig a bhios a’ stiùireadh innleachdan a thaobh ath-bheothachadh na Gàidhlig airson 2017-2022.  Ann an dòigh gu math fìor ‘s e seo am ‘manifesto’ airson na Gàidhlig san àm ri teachd, agus thathar a’ samhlachadh an adhartais a th’ air tighinn ‘on a chaidh Achd na Gàidhlig fhoillseachadh ann an 2005. Ach cuideachd cho fada ‘s a th’ aig a chànan ri dhol gus am bi inbhe tèarainteachd aige mar a bha — Read more →

New Draft National Gaelic Language Plan

A draft of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s next National Gaelic Language Plan was published today to guide strategies to revitalise the language between 2017 and 2022.  In a very real sense it represents a ‘manifesto’ for Gaelic in the near future, and it represents the progress that has been made since the Gaelic Language Act was published in 2005.  However, it also shows how far there is to go before Gaelic has the “secure status” that organisations like CnaG and others fought for in the 70s — Read more →

The Scotland we want it to be

While the rest of the world has gone slightly mad in the last twelve months, Scotland has been a place of relative calm.  Having had our independence referendum and two major elections year after year, since May there’s been very little drama in Scottish politics of note.  It’s been refreshing for many I’m sure. The two issues that remain at the heart of Scottish political life though are the effects of Brexit upon the country and also the potential second Scottish independence referendum that the — Read more →