Virtual Policy ‘08

A conference on innovation and governance in virtual worlds
22 – 23 July 2008, BERR, 1 Victoria Street, London.

Conference Overview

Virtual Policy ‘08 was a landmark event focusing on global virtual worlds sited in a European legal and regulatory context. A full schedule of the event together with speaker details, presentations and videos (comming soon) with a summary of the closed door consultations sessions can be found below.

The event was organized by the Virtual Policy Network and jointly sponsored by BERR (The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) and UK IPO (UK Intellectual Property Office), with New York Law School providing program support.

Organisations represented at the event included: Ambient Solutions, BERR, CISCO, CyberSource, Eduserve, Field Fisher Waterhouse, IBM, Implenia, Interactive Software Federation Europe, Linden Lab, OECD, Red Bedlam, the Universities of: Cardiff, Edinburgh, Essex, London, and Southampton. Those attending included: BBFC, Channel 4, OFCOM, Oxford Internet Institute, Intel, Jagex, NCSoft, Scottish Enterprise, Stardoll, and UKTI.

The event formed a key part of UK Government’s evidence gathering exercise in support of its workshop at the UN Internet Governance Forum 2008 in Hyderabad, India. The Virtual Policy Network is supporting UK Government in all stages of evidence gathering.

Conference Themes

The key themes of the conference were:

  • Intellectual property rights
  • Financial transactions
  • Kids online
  • Education & Learning
  • Governance frameworks
  • Innovation

Closed Door Policy Discussion Summary: Virtual Policy ‘08: Summary Of Policy Discussions

At Virtual Policy ‘08 the UK government’s Department for Business (BERR) sought feedback about virtual worlds from a range of international stakeholders in industry, academia and in the public sector. Stakeholders were asked to identify and comment upon some of the key public policy issues arising from the use of virtual worlds which they believed international stakeholders and governments should explore further.

Attached above is a summary digest of this feedback under four main headings of: intellectual property; children in virtual worlds; financial transaction issues and governance issues. NB: A complete overview of policy areas touched upon by the participative web and virtual worlds can be found in “Participative Web and User-Created Content: Web 2.0, Wikis and Social Networking” (OECD, 2007).

Full details of sessions, speakers, presentations and video can be found here.

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Ren Reynolds

Ren is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network.

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