Royal Institution: Science in Virtual Worlds
I’ve been so busy over the past month or so that I’ve not had the chance to post up this presentation, which I made as part of The Royal Institution’s Science in Virtual Worlds programme, held 19 June 2007 in London.
Title: “Playing with people in the metaverse: Or, how to act ethically when you’ve got a rocket launcher strapped to your back and the bombs are dropping”
Briefly: Ethical issues to consider when conducting social science research in virtual worlds and other online communities.
There were three of us presenting at the event, Dave Taylor of the National Physical Laboratory and Joanna Scott from Nature. All of us talked Second Life, although as the only non-hard science person, I tried to extrapolate beyond that particular virtual world to discuss some of the human-subjects-related issues when social science peers into internet communities in general. The PP may seem cryptic, but it makes much more sense when accompanied by the chapter I’ve written for The Videogames Handbook, edited by David Surman and due out in September from Routledge.
~ by aleks on July 9, 2007.