Tal Zarsky, a doctoral student at Columbia and one of the people involved in running the Yale/NYLS State of Play Conference, is doing a paper on privacy issues in VWs and MMORPGs. He is going to be looking at gamers' privacy policies and stories of abuse by the players and those running the game. He asked me whether I had any thoughts on the topic.
Turns out I do. But I suspect the TerraNova hivemind does too. Thoughts? Should we worry about participant privacy in these worlds? If so, under what conditions? What data is sensitive/problematic? Are MMORPGs different than VWs? Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera?