In Virtual Worlds, a Sheriff Has Arrived
I wrote a story today about the evolution of justice systems in virtual worlds such as Second Life, Cellufun, VZones and Google's Lively.
The main gist: Some virtual worlds are developing more sophisticated codes of law and systems of punishment in order to police residents' activities. Some users applaud the efforts to hold residents accountable for their actions; others feel like it's a violation of free expression and goes against the very nature of these worlds, where people can express themselves more freely through their avatars.
Is a lawless Wild West better than an orderly world that cracks down on residents?
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