By: Mauricio Gutiérrez
Some second life members have been soliciting sex

    to virtual children (avatars) in the virtual world.
    Several of...
Should real life laws apply in Second Life? And

    if so, which country‟s laws should apply?
    Could the virtual agep...
There are legal impacts to this problem in

    many countries, in Germany, the EU and the
    USA the practice of posses...
Several Germans where found engaging in

    Second Life Ageplay in 2007. The German child
    abusers were sent to jail ...
Because policies do not seem to work in these cases

    a feasible solution to the issue is to create an age
    algorit...
The algorithm would look for height, face

    patterns and clothing in order to determine the
    avatar‟s approximate a...
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Portfolio Child Abuse In Second Life (Mauricio)

  1. 1. By: Mauricio Gutiérrez
  2. 2. Some second life members have been soliciting sex  to virtual children (avatars) in the virtual world. Several of them are serving prison time but the majority remain online. These virtual children could be adults in the real  world but they could also be real children. This practice of pretending to be a children (or vice  versa) in Second Life is known as „ageplay‟. If the solicited virtual child agrees to have sex, the  „virtual‟ child pornography is illegal in many countries such as the United States and Germany.
  3. 3. Should real life laws apply in Second Life? And  if so, which country‟s laws should apply? Could the virtual ageplay end in real life child  abuse? Would Linden Labs (the company that owns  Second Life) be responsible for real life abuse that started in Second Life?
  4. 4. There are legal impacts to this problem in  many countries, in Germany, the EU and the USA the practice of possessing child pornography (including “realistic virtual child pornography”) is punishable by jail. There could be psychological impacts in the  children that are virtual abuse victims which could end up traumatized. If the virtual child molestation progresses to a  real life one, then the victims would now face psychological and health impacts.
  5. 5. Several Germans where found engaging in  Second Life Ageplay in 2007. The German child abusers were sent to jail for three years .  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6638331.stm 1 in 5 children internet users receive a  solicitation from a child molester.  http://www.yellodyno.com/html/Child_predators_o n_the_Internet_stats.html
  6. 6. Because policies do not seem to work in these cases  a feasible solution to the issue is to create an age algorithm that looks for looks and other characteristics of the avatars in order to evaluate the approximate age of the avatar and ban the virtual sex function to those avatars under 18. The algorithm would also record and report the  sex solicitation to Second Life in order for them to target the members who are soliciting virtual sex with a child. Linden Labs could then report the most common solicitors to the police.
  7. 7. The algorithm would look for height, face  patterns and clothing in order to determine the avatar‟s approximate age. It could also analyze the language used by the users. This would work because it would detect the threat and expose it before any child becomes affected or solicited.

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