Details on Ludium II below the fold.
Press Release March 21, 2007
MAIN CONTACT: Kim Fatten,
ANNOUNCEMENT: LUDIUM II Bloomington Indiana
"Synthetic Worlds and Public Policy"
worlds – million-player online environments with genuine markets, societies,
and cultures – are exploding in size and significance. Real world governments
around the globe are beginning to grapple with their implications in the areas
of taxation, intellectual property laws, consumer rights, addiction, violence,
and more. Should synthetic worlds be controlled by developers, or by
governments, or both? What about the rights of users? What general norms should
legislatures and courts follow? Most experts believe that decisions in the next
few years will set the terms for these interactive spaces for generations to
come. To encourage the thoughtful development of policy wisdom now, and to help
prevent catastrophic policy mistakes in the next few years, the Synthetic
Worlds Initiative at Indiana University
Universitywill focus its second Ludium conference on the topic of Synthetic Worlds and Public Policy.
Ludium II will bring together experts on virtual worlds from academia, industry, and government to play a live-action political game leading to an extremely serious, timely, and important contribution: a consensus Platform of 10 Statements answering the question "What policies should real world governments have with regards to synthetic worlds?" The hope is that this Platform will provide answers when legislatures and administrators wonder what to do in response to the critical public issues that will be raised by these unique social technologies.
consensus Platform will emerge from the game CONVENTION that has been designed
specifically to help disparate groups of people come to common understandings.
The game, designed by Studio Cypher LLC, puts conference attendees in the role
of delegates to a political party convention whose objective is to hammer out a
common platform. CONVENTION’s incentives will lead the group to a set of policy
recommendations believed by most participants to be important, sensible, and
feasible. The rules of the game are available at
conference, the consensus conference Platform will be published as an open letter,
and sent directly to all major political candidates and officer-holders in the United States
REGISTRATION for Ludium II will open on April 23, 2007. A Call for Participation will be released at that time. Because the conference is organized as a live game, registration is limited. For updates, check the Synthetic Worlds Initiative website at http://swi.indiana.edu/ludium.htm . Please direction questions about registration and participation to Kim Fatten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bridget Agabra (BridgetAG@lyrael.net).
forward to welcoming you at Ludium II.
Edward Castronova, Conference Chair
Kim Fatten, Conference Organizer
Bridget Agabra, Conference Advisor