Monday, July 2, 2007

Taming the virtual Wild West? VPD: Virtual Police Department

It is interesting to see Secondlife evolving, as it gets more people, they bring their personalities with them. So what happens when Police come to SL, they set up a police force.

A real police on SL, that could be powerful, just imagine, an SL crime occurs, and then outside the criminal’s house a knock is at the door with real police wanting to arrest the criminal.

“ "It's going to be interesting when we start to receive crime reports -- you know, harassment cases or things like that -- in the virtual world," he says. "How are we going to deal with them?"
The jurisdictional implications of policing avatars, who are controlled by people from around the world, will need to be ironed out eventually, he says.

"There are jurisdictional issues. Where does the crime occur? Where is the suspect? Where is the victim?" McQuiggin says. "We want accountability but if it's spread all over the world like that it makes it very difficult for us."
It's complicated, he says, so for now he just wants to focus on using Second Life for recruitment. “

It is interesting in SL, there is no serious accountability, that is what allows people to be themselves. In the physical world, people are constantly bound by society to behave in a certain way, in SL people are free and become or experiment with things that they would never attempt in real life. Once law enforcement comes to SL, will it change that freedom?

Part of not becoming a victim of crime in SL is to become aware. When I first had money in SL, I remember going to some boxes with text floating above them that said free. So I started buying stuff for L$0. The scam was, that some of these boxes there was actually a charge of say L$25. Since I had so little money I noticed being charged for “free” stuff. If I had oodles of money, would I have noticed? It would have been nice to file some charge against this criminal at the time. Before you buy anything, you have to wait a little bit to make sure a free item does not cost money.

There was some cases of virtual rape, what I cannot understand is why the victum just did not go to in there menu --> File --> Quit, then relog on at there home. I know there are grievers all about, and some are probably pushing sex animation on others. Instead of quitting, another option would just for you to walk in the other room, take a bathroom break, while an animation or cage is being pushed onto you, let the criminal have there way, and then come back and teleport home. To some extent, you should have a detachment to your character.

There are other cases of real life involvement, when SL and real life merge, these can become more dangerous with crime is involved. In that case, having the police on top of criminals that use technology is a good thing.

“Vancouver's police have turned to the make-believe world of online virtual reality in a groundbreaking bid to attract tech-savvy real-life recruits “

Hmm …make-believe, what? That virtual space actually takes up physical space on some computer server.


Seraphine said...

The best "police department" in SL is yourself. Frequent established places that have reasonable security in place. Be aware of everyone and everything around you. Leave (or log out) if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Ginseng Kyong said...

Seraphine, what you say is true!!