The published version of my article on the enforcement of norms in virtual communities is now available here. As online social spaces continue to grow in importance, the complex relationship between users and the private providers of the platforms continues to raise increasingly difficult questions about legitimacy in online governance. This article examines two issues Read more about Order supported by law: the enforcement of norms in virtual communities[…]
This article comes from a core chapter of my PhD and will be published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. You can view the pre-print here: The Role of the Rule of Law in Virtual Communities (forthcoming BTLJ 2011) (PDF). There is a severe tendency in cyberlaw theory to delegitimize state intervention in the governance Read more about The role of the rule of law in virtual communities[…]
The 9th Circuit has reversed the MDY v Blizzard (WoW Glider) case on the secondary copyright infringement grounds (but not one of the DMCA claims). This is important; the district court had held that players infringe Blizzard’s copyright in WoW by playing the game in breach of the rules, primarily because the prohibition on botting Read more about Ninth Circuit reverses MDY v Blizzard (WoW Glider) on Copyright grounds (not DMCA)[…]
On Terra Nova, Greg Lastowka announces that his new book, Virtual Justice, is on bookshelves now. I had the opportunity to read the manuscript a little while ago, and can highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the regulation of virtual worlds.
I’m in Edinburgh to present at DIS:E run by Ren Reynolds and Andrés Guadamuz. My talk is on, predictably enough, the rule of law and legitimacy in virtual community governance. Particularly, I want to focus on two main ways that we can look at things differently: looking at the limits of contract rather than only Read more about Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh – games and media law[…]
My PhD thesis is available here: Digital constitutionalism and the role of the rule of law in virtual communities.
This thesis considers one main question: how should we regulate the exercise of private governance power in virtual communities? This question centres on the legitimacy of governance in the way that community norms are created and enforced. This is the project of digital constitutionalism, which seeks to articulate a set of limits on private power that will best encourage innovation and autonomy and simultaneously protect the legitimate interests of participants in these increasingly important spaces. In answering this question, I provide a normative framework based upon the broad ideals of the rule of law through which to conceptualise the tensions about governance that arise in virtual communities.
[edit: now with more slides! PDF (3MB) ODP (5MB)] My final seminar for my PhD is this Tuesday. All are welcome; let me know if you’re interested in coming along! Date: Tuesday 16 February 2010 Time: 11:00am -12:00pm Venue: Z Block Room 1124, QUT Gardens Point campus Panel Chairperson/Principal Supervisor: Prof Brian Fitzgerald, Faculty of Law Read more about PhD final seminar: Digital Constitutionalism and the Role of the Rule of Law in the Governance of Virtual Communities[…]