Ren Reynolds

Ren is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network.

Policy bites: Net Neutrality

Network Neutrality
What is it?
Net Neutrality (NN) is the debate over whether the internet should operate pretty much as it does at the moment or whether ISPs should be able to block or charge differently based on the application that a user is using, or alternatively give preferential treatment to a company [...]

tVPN Site Update

tVPN Site Update

tVPN has just moved to a CMS based web site. This allows us to bring you many more resources and use the power of social media to make you part of the policy debate.
New features include:

Category based database of resources
Discussion threads
Social media links

As with any technology change there may be a few teething problems. If [...]

CoE: Guidelines Protecting Human Rights on the Internet

In 2008 The Council of Europe released Guidelines for protecting human rights on the Internet. These comprised two documents:

Human Rights Guidelines for Online Games Providers
Human Rights Guidelines for Internet Service Providers

The Guidelines seek to outline how these two industries can promote rights as defined in the “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental [...]

Events 2008


2008, Jan 28 12:00PST: Virtual Liberties: Do Avatars Dream of Civil Rights? USC Annenberg Island, SL


2008, Febuary 4 – 6: When Media Environments Become Real – University of Bern, Switzerland
2008, Feb 11: Virtual worlds and social science – Emory University, USA
2008, Feb 14 – 15: Computer Games, Law, Regulation and Policy Symposium, [...]

v-Gov: Beyond Gov2.0

9 July 2008, Serious Games Institute, Coventry.
This one-day event and workshop has been developed in conjunction with Coventry University’s Serious Games Institute. The event is aimed at those interested in how government should operate in a post Web2.0 world. Virtual worlds such as Second Life, Habbo Hotel and World of Warcraft [...]


Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh
15 August 2007, Alison House Atrium, the University of Edinburgh.

The Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh (DIS:E) is an annual event organized by the Virtual Policy Network in conjunction with The Edinburgh Interactive Festival and the University of Edinburgh.
The Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh 2007 looks at a wide range of topcis of interest [...]


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE) is an organization of 30 countries that promotes policies that support the princples of representative democracy and a fee market economy.


Dr Barry Atkins
Dr Barry Atkins is Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Computer Game Design, and previously taught digital games design at Liverpool John Moores University. With a background in narrative and critical theory, his research interests focus on games aesthetics and questions of textual pleasure. He is author of More than a game: The computer game [...]


Richard Bartle
Richard is Visiting Professor of Computer Game Design in the Department of Computing and Electronic Systems, University of Essex. Richard co-wrote the first virtual world, MUD, in 1978; he has thus been at the forefront of the industry from its very inception. He divides his time equally between being an industry consultant and an [...]


Richard Allen
Richard is responsible for a wide range of technology policy and regulatory issues in the UK and Ireland as well as leading Cisco’s European Government Affairs team. As part of the wider Cisco Global Policy and Government Affairs team, Richard contributes to Cisco’s global policy thought leadership. In March 2008, Richard was appointed [...]