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Feb 28, 2008



You might be interested in an upcoming event at the Second Life Sky News island:

“Do real-world rules apply here?”

Wednesday 5th March
0900 GMT
Sky News Centre in Second Life

"Second Life and its moral grey areas is the subject of a debate hosted by Sky News and Five News next week.

One of the Second Life's great attractions is its freedom - few boundaries exist within the relatively lawless virtual world.

However, a Five News investigation last October uncovered areas within SL where adult avatars could groom and arrange to have sex with child avatars, raising serious questions of taste and decency. Concerns that Second Lifers were crossing levels of acceptable behaviour only heightened when it emerged that these areas also included real images of child abuse.

Can role-playing illegal and disturbing fantasies n Second Life damage individuals and society in the real world? Is it time to place limits on what is created in virtual worlds? Or would rules and boundaries be the ruin of Second Life?

Five News Crime Correspondent Jason Farrell, who uncovered "Wonderland", a virtual children's playground where paedophiles cruised, chairs the debate.

Joining him on the panel are:

- Jim Gamble, Head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency, responsible for Britain’s policing of on-line paedophiles;

- Mark Johnson, The Risk Management Group who advises businesses and governments on emerging on-line crime;

- Chris Green, White Ribbon, who campaigns against sexual violence within Second Life."

There are one or two more unconfirmed panellists.

The panel will also take questions from the audience.

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