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Saturday, March 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Core Conversation: Sexual Ethics, Interactivity and Virtual Worlds

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As the meaning and practice of sex on line becomes more sophisticated on platforms as diverse as blogs, social networking sites, metaverses, MMORPGs, and government sanctioned online public health initiatives, a wide range of ethical issues present themselves. Some companies are responding with restrictions, while others keep pushing the envelope. This interactive discussion will focus on a few key questions from the perspective of users, educators, and content producers:* What is, and what should be, the role of users in developing ethical standards and practices in virtual spaces? What about the role of governments and corporations?* What is the nature of sexual consent in a virtual world? * Is it ethical, or even possible, to safely offer sexual health information, including HIV status, on line?* How are virtual spaces challenging our understanding of the distinction between public and private; fantasy and reality?

Saturday March 8, 2008 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Ctr Room 9

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