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05/01/22
“PuntoGal is a symbol of a modern and dynamic Galicia”

Interview to the managing director of PuntoGal, Darío Janeiro, on the number 27 of Rúbrica magazine edited by the Cluster da Comunicación, pg 57

With which objectives did PuntoGal born?

PuntoGal is the result of a long effort of several people and entities, who in 2006. iniciated the process to achieve from ICAAN, the organism that manages the net internationally, a domain for Galicia. This objective, reached on June 2013, allow us to have our own identifier on internet, which gives visibility to us on a globalized and hyperconnected world. PuntoGal is a symbol of a modern and dynamic Galicia, proud of itself. The work of the domain is set in three main fields: the spreading and growing on the number of registries, the representation of Galicia on the international forum of internet and the develpment of a corporative programme to support initiatives which offer the country an improvement on the ICT, language, culture and society.

PuntoGal, recently, joinde the Global Cyber Alliance. What does this membership mean for the association?

The memebership of PuntoGal on the Global Cyber Alliance is an new step towards one of our main concerns: security on the net. As manager of a critical infraestrucure as a domain, we are aware that a great part of our lives is today on the data we interchange, publish or save using differente technological tools. We should be aware of the risks this means. By this, PuntoGal is constantly working not only in making the domain safe, but also in placing us as a leading actor in the field of security in Galicia, specially creating a sensitiveness on citizenship about this issue.

Is there enough training about cybersecurity on Galician companies?

There is more and more sensitiveness on the management of any company and institution. But in this issue you must always be on the move, updating, analising new possible risks, keeping eyes open.

What have in common the organizations that join PuntoGal?

Fortunately our domain park is various. PuntoGal has small and big companies, institutions, non-profit entities and private persons. Galician public administration uses the domain as well as the city councils. Other relevant institutions, as Universities, are PuntoGal users. We are up today more than 6.200 registered domains.

Which requirements must met registration companies?

Registrars are needed pieces on the domain functioning. In the case of PuntoGal, more than 30 comapnies are in charge to comercialise our registry. All of them must met the strict levels of quality set by ICANN, so they are proffessional entities which offer other services as hosting ou ecommerce. We collaborate with all of them in different ways, from the packaging of services to promotional campaigns or common initiatives.

Which is the reason of the increasing number of members?

PuntoGal increase is constant since the pioneers phase, where a number of companies and entities assumed the risk to launch a unique domain that was starting, of which we will always be grateful. Since then, we continue to grow our base on an ongoing basis. Of course we would like it to be faster, but the importance is in continue growing. For us is also important than over a 90% of the registered domains, are renewed. That rate of fidelity shows the users commitment. To help the growing we are developing actions as the opening of the premium domains of 1 and 2 characters, the packaging of products that will delve into in 2022 and decreased prize campaigns.

What are the main lines of promotion of Galician culture developed by PuntoGal?

As I said , PuntoGal manintains a corporative programme to suport initiatives in different areas. Obviously, Galician language and culture are fundamental on that roadmap. We have, as an example, a support line for Galician contents in new platforms, as sponsoring podcasts, Twitch broadcasts and specific contents on general media. We organise with the Royal Academy a short tales contest every February, where about 1.500 participate. We support the Galician People Museum on an ambitious programm to preserve the Galician inmaterial heritage on the APOI project. But we also help in other fields. As for example, we sponsor the Gaelico Escolas, a project to present and practice gaelic football for youth, we organize with GCIencia the Spin-Off PuntoGal awards, to highlight the work of Galician universities on science and research.

Why do you suport Premios Paraugas as sponsor?

PuntoGal, as cannot be another way, is part of the Cluster of communication. We consider that the Paraugas are a wonderfull showcase of how well is doing Galicia on the field of communication, advertising and marketing, also on the internet. That is the reason of our support, which will continue in 2022, showing our strong presence in the sector.

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