[sl] Virtual Worlds go to Congress

Earlier today, the 110th Congress Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing entitled Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, conducted the first ever Congressional hearing simulcast in an Internet-based virtual world today. The hearing addressed the evolution, culture and future of virtual worlds such as Second Life, Zwinky and There which are part of a new form of communication that has exploded over the last few years.

Congratulations to all those who presented:

Philip Rosedale

Founder and CEO Linden Lab

Susan Tenby
Senior Manager, Community Development of TechSoup

Larry Johnson, Ph.D.
CEO of The New Media Consortium (NMC)

Colin J. Parris, Ph.D.
Vice President, Digital Convergence of IBM Research

During Susan's testimony she gave a brief shout-out to GK and explained some of the unique educational experiences virtual world spaces offer.

"It provides a rich educational experience that would not be possible in real life. For example, in Second Life you can walk through a human heart or take a spaceship up in space and explore. Organizations like Global Kids are providing youth with a participatory and creative way to learn about current and historical events."

Audio of the hearing:

Download audio here

Representative Markey's opening statements are available as text online and can be found here. We will also post the full transcript of this hearing once available.

We look forward to featuring insights from the experiences of the participants of this hearing when we launch our RezEd network.