Tag Archives: China

Social Media Continue to Power Protests Around the World

It’s clear by now that social media alone did not topple Hosni Mubarak in Egypt or Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, but they played an important role in mobilizing support and spreading the word to others that they, … Continue reading

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Is Internet Access a Human Right? Reflections in the Wake of the Egyptian Protests

Is access to the Internet a universal human right that should be recognized by the United Nations?  This question, buzzing around the world this week, is certainly one that I hadn’t thought of at length until now, so I posed it to … Continue reading

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Chinese Divorce Court Denies Woman’s Claim to Shared Virtual Assets

The breakup of a marriage can be as traumatic in a virtual world as it can be in the real world.  We have already seen how it affects gamers in Korea, where the popular game Maple Story even features in-world … Continue reading

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Facebook Credits: A Faster Way to Spend Your Whole Paycheck in Farmville

Facebook Credits are a great way to get people to spend more money on social games, but it’s not a virtual currency. Continue reading

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Net Neutrality Is Essential for Virtual Worlds

Proposed plans by Verizon and Google to change the FCC rules requiring all Internet traffic to be treated equally would have dire consequences for the future of virtual worlds and the Internet as a whole. Continue reading

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Korean Curfew Imposed on Juvenile Gamers Uses National ID Number

Curfew on young gamers is designed to help them get more sleep and reduce the rates of internet addiction, but achieving that goal may prove difficult in other countries. Continue reading

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Social Worlds a Hit in China

Not that this takes anyone by surprise, but China is a huge market for online and social-networking-supported games.  I will work on gathering some more information about these sites and how some of them may impact or inform legal issues … Continue reading

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