Governing the Magic Circle: Regulation of Virtual Worlds

Friday April 8, 2011
University of California, Irvine • Donald Bren Hall

Virtual computer worlds have become an emerging phenomenon in the current social environment. Each day millions of users interact through such interfaces. Millions of dollars change hands. Virtual worlds have become an important part of the information economy, not only for entertainment, but for education, scientific research, social networking, and military defense.

How is such activity to be governed? Formal regulation, informal agreement, private contract, economic incentives, and social norms all play a role. This symposium gathers experts in law, economics, social science, computer science, communications, and cultural studies to explore the complex interaction of new and established mechanisms for governing virtual worlds.

MCLE ethics credit (30 minutes) offered by UC Irvine School of Law, an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

Co-hosted by UC Irvine School of Law and UCI Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds

To register: Click here to register online

Registration fee: $45

Students and faculty may receive a $20 discount. To obtain a discount code for online registration, email your request to from your university email account. The fee will be waived for UC Irvine students/faculty, but you must request a discount code and register online before April 5.

Featured Speakers

Farnaz M. Alemi
Jenner & Block

Ted Castranova
IU Bloomington

Benjamin Duranske

Joshua Fairfield
Washington & Lee

Eric Goldman
Santa Clara

Laura Heymann
William & Mary

Kristin Hickman

Sal Humphreys

Mark Lemley

Bonnie Nardi
UC Irvine

TL Taylor
ITU Copenhagen

Rebecca Tushnet