Newsletter June 2009


> OECD: Virtual Worlds Report
> Council of Europe ‘New Notion of Media’
> EU Kids Online I & II
> Events: State of Play
> tVPN News

The OECD Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) will meet on 17/18 June 2009. On the agenda are the proposed contents for a report on Virtual Worlds tabled by the UK Government. The work of the UK Government (prepared in conjunction with tVPN) was well received by the working party and a pilot report focusing on an application are of virtual worlds such as medicine was suggested by the secretariat leading to the inclusion of further elements of the full study in the future OECD work plan. Delegations were asked to follow up with support for the creation of the pilot study.

A short background and summary table of contents of the proposed report can be found here:

Details of the OECD workshop on Virtual Worlds can be found here:

Council of Europe: A New Notion of Media
Ministers representing Member States of the Council of Europe met in Iceland on 28/29 May 2009 to discuss media policy in the light of emerging technologies. The expert conference was addressed by a range of media specialists including Professor Richard Bartle and Ren Reynolds.

A short background and commentary on the event and selected papers of interest to virtual policy stakeholders can be found here:

The Political Declaration and resolutions of the Ministerial Meeting can be found here:

Human Rights Guidelines
This work follows the  publication of “Human Rights Guidelines for Online Games Providers” by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Interactive Software Federation of Europe and the subsequent workshop held on 6 May 2009.

Further details can be found here:

tVPN is seeking formal agreement to work further on these guidelines and will engage both industry and academic stakeholders should such agreement be forthcoming.

EU Kids Online I and II
The EU Kids Online research network concluded with a one day conference in London. The Final Report provides a unique summary of EU-Based research on children online. EU Kids Online II was announced at the meeting, this will conduct primary research across the EU.

It and other resources can be found on the Network Website here: Repository of European Research

The tVPN summary page highlights the reports focusing on computer games and SNS, and can be found here:


State of Play
New York Law School continues its series of conferences on legal and other academic aspects of virtual worlds. This year’s conference includes panels on Government Use of Virtual Worlds, Government and Policy, and Security.

Event details can be found here:

For other events of interest to Virtual Worlds and SNS stakeholders see the tVPN Conferences page:


tVPN 2.0
the Virtual Policy Network has moved its web site to a CMS based system and is building a database of resources for policy stakeholders. The resource on the site are growing steadily and we would be interested to hear from people who wish to contribute to the knowledge base of international policy.

Policy Review
We are working on a proposal for an annual review of international policy and will shortly issue a call for participants and sponsors. Industry, academics and state actors are invited to support this effort.

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