Although the full-strength State of Play IV Conference in Singapore in January still seems to be in jeopardy, there’s a smaller, equally interesting State of Play / Terra Nova symposium happening in a couple of weeks in New York City, December 1-2. The event will feature a number of cool panels on such topics as "governance and groups," "metrics and methodology," "gender and diversity," and "tax and finance." And they have a nice braintrust of MMORPG and virtual world deep thinkers including:
- Edward Castronova,
- Aaron Delwiche,Trinity
- Julian Dibbell, author of Play Money
- Dan Miller, Senior Economist for the Joint Economic Committee
- and Betsy Book of Makena Technologies, creators of There.com
Sounds like a great little gathering. (They are even headed over to the kitschy-cool Congee Village for dinner afterwards.)
One comment on the program though: While a focus on tax and finance is interesting and important, I would hope that a broader view of the various public policy / enforcement implications of virtual worlds might be discussed as well. In particularly, the legal/IP, economic, social, and political implications of the recent Copybot debacle on Second Life would be great to explore.