THE Scottish internet is set to be born tomorrow as the country gets its own national domain name - with the expected profits to be invested in digital initiatives proposed by the public.

After eight years of hard negotiation, more than 50 sites - including efforts from both the Yes and Better Together campaigns - will appear online using the new .scot address.

The move, which will enable businesses, charities and individuals to identify themselves online as part of the global Scottish diaspora, is being hailed by the organisation behind the launch as a significant landmark for the country's digital sector.

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Gavin McCutcheon, a director of .scot creators the Dot Scot Registry, said: "This is a fantastic day for Scotland's online community and a real step forward in terms of how the country and its people can identify themselves in the digital marketplace."

More than 10,000 ­organisations and individuals have lodged expressions of interest in registering .scot addresses.