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no-second-life-chances.md 981B

No second (life) chances

name : Nick Merrill ffff@berkeley.edu time: 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on needs/wants need travel fee : would be neded, yes, i am a student need room : yes Location : oakland, ca, usa

Over the course of it's beta, from 2003 to 2007, Second Life transformed in vision from a peer-to-peer market society with no hierarchies and no scarcity, to a hypercapitalist society, driven by corporate verticals and labor exploitation. How did this happen? The aim of this talk is to surface patterns in communities, cultures, and socio-technical systems that make labor ownership difficult to build and enforce. Ultimately, we look toward the question: How can we prevent the present generation of idealistic developers, bent on subverting traditional mechanisms of application and data control, from falling into the same trap as Second Life?

NOTE: this talk would be accepted but there currently is no funding for the required travel.