by Alphaville Herald on 01/08/11 at 10:23 pm
Pixeleen Mistral's typist to speak at SLCC identity and privacy session
Will Linden staff don celebratory mesh hair nets at the Second Life Community Conference to mark the long awaited release of mesh object support for the prim-based virtual world? SL content creators and certain OEM suppliers hope so, and the chances of sighting Linden staff with a food-service worker look should not be discounted - previous concerns over mussing Philip Linden's stylish locks were pushed aside with the ascent of new CEO Rodvik Linden. We can only hope there will be enough mesh to go around during the SLCC August 13-14.
This year, Herald staff will be on hand to cover SLCC in person - a development sure to delight the Feted Inner Core, techno-communist sympathizers and running dogs, spandex clad Second Life militias, perma-banned mafia leaders, and russian-speaking land rental agents everywhere. But staying true to the Herald's immersive new media aesthetic, simply covering the conference is not enough.
Herald editrix Pixeleen Mistral has assigned her real life typist to speak at a session certain to be a highlight of the conference - Avatar Identity: Privacy and Transparency in Social Media chaired by Hiro Pendragon. The session description:
Anonymous participation in social web, both 2-D and 3-D, has long been a point of debate. Recently avatar identity, especially used as pseudonyms in social media sites, has been a hot button issue with the rise of Google Plus and with ongoing enforcement on Facebook. How do we balance between security and protection from fraud or harassment, and keeping user privacy and letting users expose only the parts of their identity that they choose to share?
Fueled by dueling coffee breaks sponsored by the Amaretto Ranch and Ozimals virtual pet empires, those attending the SLCC should assure themselves of an adequate supply of hair nets as gifts to Linden staff. Keep in mind that furry Linden's will need several hair nets to meet minimum requirements of the health code - so do what you can to help out. It is always wise to placate the game gods.
Perhaps the Lab will adopt a more Humble tone after the unpopular changes and unfulfilled promises made at last year's SLCC.