UN IGF 2008 Workshop Proposal: Virtual Worlds for Delivering Public Service & Innovation

For the 2008 UN Internet Governance Forum meeting in Hyderabad India the UK Government proposed the workshop detailed here. The workshop did not occur due to the disturbances in India at the time.

The official workshop proposal can be found in the IGF site here:

A summary of the workshop is as follows:

The workshop will showcase Virtual Worlds as a way of providing an innovative and effective way of delivering public services, engaging with citizens and society, inclusively discussing the fact that there may be a number of possible legal/investment barriers to the achievement of the benefits of Virtual Worlds. The aim will be to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, making full use of the academic, scientific and technical communities; showing how stakeholders have helped to find solutions and have used virtual worlds as an effective way of delivering public services.

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US FTC: Marketing of Violent Entertainment to Children

Since 2000 the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided reports to Congress on ‘Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children’. These report cover the Motion Picture, Music Recording and Electronic Game Industries.

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OECD Virtual Worlds Study – Proposed ToC

The OECD may produce a report on virtual worlds. You are invited to comment on the proposed scope of this report.

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CoE: A New Notion of Media

On the 28th and 29th of May 2009 the Council of Europe (CoE) Ministers responsible for Media and New Communications Services met to discuss ‘A New Notion of Media’:

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Player Governance & EvE

EvE7th November 2008, Reykjavík, Iceland: tVPN’s Ren Reynolds was invited by CCP, creators of EvE Online, to act as the neutral moderator at the pubic meeting / Q&A session of the EvE Council of Stellar Management (CSM). The CSM is the largest experiments in ‘player democracy’ in a current MMO.

The video of the session can be seen on the EvE site’s Fanfest ‘08 films page.

More Fun, More Risk?

hbi 17th October 2008, Berlin, Germany: Ren Reynolds was invited by the Hans-Bredow-Institut to give the closing address at ‘More Fun, More Risk? Digital Games as a Challenge for the Protection of Minors‘ a conference of European content regulators and academics.

Ren discussed the contingent nature of the conceptual frames that are used in regulation and the necessary relations that are implied in their current construction e.g. the relation between ‘children’ and ‘video games’ is one predicated on risk, whereas neither the categories nor the relations are theoretically or practically necessary.

Virtual Policy ‘08: Virtual Worlds – Real Regulation

Event: Virtual Policy ‘08
Session: Virtual Worlds – Real Regulation
22 July 2008 13:15 – 14:00 Conference Key Note

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Virtual Policy ‘08: Richard Bartle

Event: Virtual Policy ‘08
Session: Richard Bartle
22 July 2008 17:00 – 17:30 Conference Key Note

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Virtual Policy ‘08: Policy Issues & Virtual Worlds – An Overview

Event: Virtual Policy ‘08
Session: Policy Issues & Virtual Worlds: An Overview
23 July 2008 09:30 – 10:15

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Virtual Policy ‘08: Governance Frameworks

Event: Virtual Policy ‘08
Session: Governance Frameworks
23 July 2008 14:30 – 15:30

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