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Civil Liberties in Virtual Worlds MacArthur event on Monday Jan 28, 12PM PST

Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will lead a discussion about the
emerging issues of rights and responsibilities in virtual worlds.
Hosted by the USC Institute for Network Culture and Global Kids, this
is the second event in a discussion on philanthropy and virtual worlds.

The event, ?Philanthropy and Virtual Worlds: Considering Civil
Liberties,? will be held on the USC Annenberg Island (click here to
teleport) or on the Global Kids estate (click here to teleport) on
Teen Second Life at 12:00p.m. PST on Monday, January 28, 2008.

Speakers will include Robin Harper, Senior Vice President of
Marketing and Business Development from Linden Lab, and Jack Balkin,
professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law

Douglas Thomas, Professor at USC and Director of the Institute for
Network Culture, and Barry Joseph, Director of Global Kids? Online
Leadership Program, will preview upcoming events exploring
philanthropy in virtual worlds. USC and Global Kids have received
funding from MacArthur. Funding for this event is part of MacArthur?s
support for a year-long set of activities to explore the role of
philanthropy in virtual worlds.

To listen to this event from the web, visit:

About the USC Institute for Network Culture
The USC Institute for Network Culture (INC) is exploring how
technology can be used to build bridges between cultures, promoting
genuine dialogue with the residents of virtual worlds about what
really matters, taking the conversation beyond branding, marketing
and profits. The INC is interested in how network culture and virtual
online communities can have a real and significant impact on a wide
range of activities including health care, education, and every day

About Global Kids
Global Kids (GK) is committed to transforming urban youth into
successful students as well as global and community leaders. Using
interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical
international and foreign policy issues, GK provides students with
opportunities for civic and global engagement. Through its
professional development program, GK provides teachers and educators
with strategies for integrating a youth development approach and
international issues into their classrooms.


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