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Digital Ego

Social and Legal Aspects of Virtual Identity

The possibilities of non-human virtual identities, popularized by digital worlds such as Second Life, are facing growing attention from media outlets, advertising executives, and ordinary computer users alike. Digital Ego counters the common assumption that a virtual identity is only a temporary, innocent manifestation which disappears when a computer is switched off. In this forward-looking volume, Jacob vanKokswijk addresses a broad range of social and legal consequences of virtual identities, including the difference between virtual and real identities and the position of virtual environments in real-world legal systems.

160 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Computer Science

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Table of Contents

Author’s Preface
Forward by Iain Pierson
0. Introduction
1. Identity and Identification in History
2. The Impact of Technology
3. Virtual Identity and the Internet
4. Social Aspects of Virtual Identity
5. Forms, Varieties and Valuables of Virtual Identities
6. Virtual Identity and Anonymity
7. Legal Issues and Policy of Virtual Identity Part I
8. Legal Issues and Policy of Virtual Identity Part II
9. Legal Consequences of Virtual Identity
10. The Way Forward
11. Appendices

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