Interviews on ICT4Peace, Sahana and Humanitarian FOSS, New Media and Disaster Management and Second Life

All the following conversations took place in August 2006 during Strong Angel III.  Interview with Mark Frohardt from INTERNEWS  (for related blog post with more details see here) Interview with Kimberly Rufer-Bbach, who does amazing things with Second Life (for related blog post with more details see here) Interview with Daniel Stauffacher, Chairman, ICT4Peace Foundation (for related blog … Continue reading Interviews on ICT4Peace, Sahana and Humanitarian FOSS, New Media and Disaster Management and Second Life

International Justice Center in Second Life: A wasted effort?

So there’s a new International Justice Centre in Second Life. Another great idea geared to service the few who can use Second Life. 100% useless for most of us who cannot.And let’s not forget what Time Magazine had to say of Second Life. I am yet to be entirely convinced that Second Life repositories of … Continue reading International Justice Center in Second Life: A wasted effort?

Time magazine on Second Life

Time Magazine recently ran a piece on five of the worst websites that mentioned Second Life as one of them. Not entirely sure why – since Second Life isn’t a website, but the article begins: We’re sure that somebody out there is enjoying Second Life, but why? and ends, The corporate world’s embrace of the … Continue reading Time magazine on Second Life

Journalism in Second Life – CNN enters the fray

First it was media such as The Metaverse Messenger. Then Reuters. Now CNN enters the world of journalism within Second Life by opening an iReport centre in Second Life: Just as CNN asks its real-life audience to submit I-Reports — user-generated content submitted from cell phones, computers, cameras and other equipment for broadcast and online … Continue reading Journalism in Second Life – CNN enters the fray

Second Life avatars aren’t as eco-friendly / carbon neutral as first thought?

Anuradha Vittachi’s presentation at the United Nations OCHA +5 Symposium mentioned that each flight killed a child. She then went on to demonstrate the potential of Second Life to cut down on air travel by meetings in sims and showcased OneClimate Island that will have virtual events running in parallel to the United Nations Climate … Continue reading Second Life avatars aren’t as eco-friendly / carbon neutral as first thought?

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in Second Life

e-justice centre (get Second Life coordinates / slurl here) From Bill Warters comes news of a superb new ODR initiative in Second Life. Created by  the Portuguese Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the University of Aveiro and the Faculty of Law of the Lisbon New University, this tour de force pushes the envelop in … Continue reading Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in Second Life

Second Life, Justice and Peace

Came across this eloquent passage whilst doing some background research for a presentation on Second Life and its potential for ODR and ICT4Peace. I personally think that SL is indeed a part of what will bring about world peace, through greater communication and understanding. But it cannot be the peace of the graveyard, the peace … Continue reading Second Life, Justice and Peace