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Inspired by: FP7 » Virtual laws and nations in cyberspace

version: 4 / updated: 2011-01-19
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Originally submitted by: Martin Fatun
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructure

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Virtual laws and nations in cyberspace

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Project VirtualLife aims to provide an immersive and secure virtual life environment, combining a high quality 3D virtual experience with the trustiness of a secure communication infrastructure. The project constitutes a new form of civil organization, finalized to the creation of secure and ruled places within the virtual world, where important transactions can occur. The aggregation in communities and the collaboration between users is encouraged in order to reach a management of common and private interests. This collaboration is achieved through the definition of common rules that take care of all the involved cultures. A standard collection of laws, the Virtual Constitution, finalized to the creation and regulation of a secure and trusted environment (Virtual Nation) will be studied.


ICT, virtulal life, virtual world, law, security


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The project VirtualLife aims to provide an immersive and secure virtual life environment, where a standard collection of laws (Virtual Constitution) finalized to the creation of a secure and trusted environment (Virtual Nation) will be studied.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Better coexistence in virtual internet world continuation
mainly beneficial
#2 Possible grows of racism and xenophobia in virtual internet world continuation
very harmful


please specify
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social Increasing activity of excluded social groups in virtual environmet
Technological/Scientific New technologies
Economic Development of vitrual internet economy

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Rising of racism and xenofobia in virtual intenret world Improvement of communication between different social groups in virtual internet world

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Monitoring of behaviour of users in virtual space Regulation of behaviour of users in virtual space if necessary.
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Offering of services in virtual space
Academic/Research sector Development of new technologies.

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Coexistence and conflicts
Governance and trust in democracy Democracy endangered by rise of virtual pover structures
Social pathologies & ethics Foundations of conflicts in virtual wirld
Social cohesion and diversity Development of social relationships in virtual world

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.