Barry Joseph and I just finished a couple of, we think, fairly successful presentations to staff at the International Criminal Court on our plans to launch the International Justice Center in Second Life next month. The ICC is a huge institution, occupying two gleaming towers that were formerly the headquarters of a major Dutch television network. We were lucky enough to have the chance to present to the different branches of the ICC, and have some useful conversations about the ICC and virtual worlds.
I think Barry and I did a good job representing the project and the larger context -- using images and machinima to punctuate our points. A number of important questions that got raised by the audience. But at the end, I would typify their reaction as guarded enthusiasm. Which for a large bureaucracy like the ICC is a huge win.
By chance, a local Dutch paper featured a story about the "dangers" of virtual worlds today. The article apparently reported in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner that the CIA was looking at Second Life as a possible venue for the transfer of funds anonymously to terrorist groups. I like that the story features a picture of some World of Warcraft avatars with the caption "Who is the terrorist?". Not the best timing, but didn't seem to affect our presentation in any way.
Now Barry and I are off to Amsterdam to meet up with my friend Maria and Frans Charming for some much deserved downtime. Can't wait to get some Indonesian food. Mmmm, lekker!