The
Metaverse Republic
The tragedy of the commons

 Edward Castronova: if there are no rules — or
  no real way to enforce the rules that do exis...
Current sources of law


      “Code”
  Terms of Service
Community Guidelines
Current sources of law


    Contracts
     Customs
   Applicable law
The anti-social contract


Limits of contracts in governing interactions in
                virtual worlds
Design issues


Raising awareness
Design issues


Structure design
Design issues


Multi-platform charters
Implementation issues


Identity and representation
Implementation issues


 Land and financing
The Metaverse Republic


Democracy and representation
The Metaverse Republic


    Judicial system
The Metaverse Republic


  Local communities
The Metaverse Republic


 Checks and balances
The Metaverse Republic


    Enforcement
Criticism


Isn’t this basically extortion?
Criticism


Do we really need such a complex system?
Benefits


Sophisticated commercial transactions for sums
  smaller than can practically be enforced and
         adjudicat...
Benefits


  Support and encourage local communities in
the effort to organize themselves effectively and
    resolve their...
Thank you!


        Antonio Bonanno
          Metaverse Republic Co-founder



antonio.bonanno@metaverserepublic.org
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The Metaverse Republic - Virtual Worlds Forum 2007

  1. 1. The Metaverse Republic
  2. 2. The tragedy of the commons Edward Castronova: if there are no rules — or no real way to enforce the rules that do exist — virtual worlds and games will inevitably suffer a tragedy of the commons [...] regulation is coming, like it or not, so we’ll all be better off if we work to make sure it is good regulation. Source: Benjamin Duranske,VirtuallyBlind.com
  3. 3. Current sources of law “Code” Terms of Service Community Guidelines
  4. 4. Current sources of law Contracts Customs Applicable law
  5. 5. The anti-social contract Limits of contracts in governing interactions in virtual worlds
  6. 6. Design issues Raising awareness
  7. 7. Design issues Structure design
  8. 8. Design issues Multi-platform charters
  9. 9. Implementation issues Identity and representation
  10. 10. Implementation issues Land and financing
  11. 11. The Metaverse Republic Democracy and representation
  12. 12. The Metaverse Republic Judicial system
  13. 13. The Metaverse Republic Local communities
  14. 14. The Metaverse Republic Checks and balances
  15. 15. The Metaverse Republic Enforcement
  16. 16. Criticism Isn’t this basically extortion?
  17. 17. Criticism Do we really need such a complex system?
  18. 18. Benefits Sophisticated commercial transactions for sums smaller than can practically be enforced and adjudicated in national courts
  19. 19. Benefits Support and encourage local communities in the effort to organize themselves effectively and resolve their internal disputes impartially
  20. 20. Thank you! Antonio Bonanno Metaverse Republic Co-founder antonio.bonanno@metaverserepublic.org

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