BERR-OECD 2009

the Virtual Policy Network organized themes and speakers for a a workshop on 11 March 2009 convened by the UK Government’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) with OECD’s Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP). The workshop examined the following themes:

  • How can virtual worlds contribute to innovation, to transformation of business, government and public services and to increasing transparency, improving innovative services delivery, and creating employment?
  • Should public policy frameworks be adapted to support governments, citizens, and businesses using virtual worlds to improve their performance? If so how?

Speakers included Mr Tom Watson MP (UK Minister for Digital Engagement).

A summary of the workshop can be downloaded here: http://www.virtualpolicy.net/_Downloads/OECD/IE(2009)_8_virtual worlds.pdf

United Kingdom-OECD Workshop on Innovation and Policy for Virtual Worlds

A workshop on innovation and governance in virtual worlds

11 March 2009, OECD Conference Centre. 2, rue André-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France.

Workshop Overview

the Virtual Policy Network has organised the program and speakers for this UK Government led workshop on Virtual Worlds hosted by the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP). tVPN is also sponsor of the speakers’ lunch. The workshop has two themes:

  • How can virtual worlds contribute to innovation, to transformation of business, government and public services and to increasing transparency, improving innovative services delivery, and creating employment?
  • Should public policy frameworks be adapted to support governments, citizens, and businesses using virtual worlds to improve their performance? If so how?

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE & MEDIA DOWNLOADS

Wednesday 11th March 2009

Meeting Chair

Richard Simpson (Chair, ICCP Committee)

Meeting Address

Mr Tom Watson, MP (UK Minister for Digital Engagement)

14:30 – 15:10 Introduction to Virtual Worlds

Ren Reynolds (Founder: the Virtual Policy Network)
bio | presentation .pdf

15:10 – 16:10 Innovation in private and public sector application of virtual worlds

How can virtual worlds add value? What do virtual worlds mean in terms of practical applications, how can they contribute to policy making, help businesses to improve performance, and how can they enhance the delivery of, e.g. medical services?
This session will explore innovative applications of virtual worlds in both public and private sectors to develop and deliver new services to citizens, the public sector and businesses. Panel contributions will highlight the impacts that virtual worlds can have on: international research, collaboration and policy-making e.g. modelling, simulation, virtualisation, scenario-building and evaluation; improving risk-evaluation; and applications in areas such as health, education, the environment and government services, and in general look at the broader social goods and innovation from wider use of virtual worlds. Also examined will be the benefits virtual worlds may have for business e.g. productivity and employment; reducing costs; addressing environmental concerns; and impacts on networking and engaging consumers and users. Practical challenges raised by the application of virtual worlds will also be discussed.

Bill Graham (Internet Society):
Panel Chair
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Richard Allen (European Director of Government Affairs CISCO, Chair: Cabinet Office Power of Information Task Force):
How firms use virtual worlds internally to enhance innovation, improve productivity, and reduce costs, and externally to engage customers more effectively.
bio | presentation .pdf

Jessica Mulligan (COO Imagine Venture SA):
Virtual worlds as an industry; industry size, business models.
bio | presentation .pdf

Dr. Makoto Yokozawa (Nomura Research Institute, Japan):
Applications of virtual worlds in Japan.
bio^ | presentation .pdf

Oliver Goh (Shaspa):
Virtual worlds, real buildings and sustainability.
bio | presentation .pdf

Dave Taylor (Program Lead, Virtual Worlds, Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London, UK ):
Health applications of virtual worlds; engaging young people on science subjects inside virtual worlds.
bio | presentation .pdf

16:10 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:40 Policy and virtual worlds

This second panel will highlight policies and governance practices that can affect the development and use of applications of virtual world for consumers, businesses and governments.
Governance of virtual worlds raises many national and international issues, e.g. jurisdictional liability across national borders. However, the size of virtual world communities and value of virtual assets has continued to grow.
- In a global economic downturn, what are the economic benefits which virtual worlds could usefully provide?
- What challenges do their governance models have for consumers, business and governments in areas such as: the development of virtual worlds; intellectual property; privacy; taxation and transactions.
- What can be done to maximise the economic and social benefits of virtual worlds while addressing such challenges?
The panel will seek to identify key public policy issues and challenges which could be further studied by OECD/ICCP and by governments.

Kristiina Pietikäinen (Deputy Director General, Communications Policy Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland):
Panel Chair
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Chris Francis (IBM Government programmes):
Governance challenges for businesses using virtual worlds internally and externally; jurisdictional liability issues.
bio | presentation .pdf

Melissa de Zwart (University of Adelaide, Australia):
Intellectual property, data privacy, technology regulation.
bio^ | presentation .pdf

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (National University of Singapore):
Virtual world governance; virtual worlds as regulatory markets.
bio^ | presentation .pdf

Patrice Chazerand (Secretary General, Interactive Software Federation of Europe):
Online business model development; do governance issues for virtual worlds differ from those involving online games.
bio | presentation .pdf

17:40 – 18:00 Concluding remarks and possible next steps
18:00 – Reception hosted by the United Kingdom Delegation.
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Ren Reynolds

Ren is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network.

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