Collaboration, Events, Second Life

Britain’s Labour Party utilizes Second Life

Britain’s Labour Party recently used Second Life as a vehicle to communicate between politicians and Web surfers, according to Webuser.

The event, part of a Labor Party conference, was hosted by Microsoft and the Social Market Foundation, a policy think tank. The event connected participants to politicians and delegates at the conference, something interesting to note because in general, political conferences tend to be more exclusive and held in secure zones. We can’t imagine the virtual part of the conference was open entirely to the public, but was most likely an invite-only affair - something we haven’t confirmed.

This is the first time that this party has held an event in Second Life, and could possibly be the first time a political party has held a conference-type event in Second Life (and if anyone out there knows differently, please let us know.)

“We are delighted to be the first ever political organisation to open up our event in Second Life,” said Dorothea Hodge, of the Social Market Foundation, to Webuser.

Having said that, I’ve seen dozens of Sarah Palin avatars - I’m just not sure if any of them are really her. On the other hand, I’m not so sure she’s not an avatar but I think that about a lot of people.

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