Diplomacy Island

Click to enlargeDiplomacy Island is the next step in over a decade of research and development in the field of Virtual Diplomacy. Through Second Life, Diplo will explore new possibilities for diplomatic representation and interaction. Diplomacy Island will also be another channel for Diplo’s main mission of assisting small and developing countries in participating meaningfully in international relations. At the Island, Diplo will also promote development issues among Second Life citizens.


What is Second Life?

Second Life ( SL) is an Internet-based virtual world which has substantially developed over the past year. More than five million users worldwide have registered to become part of this virtual world developed by Linden Lab.

Click to enlargeThe users, or Residents, interact with each other through mobile avatars, providing an advanced level of social network services. They can explore, meet other Residents, socialise, participate in educational and social activities both individually and in groups, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.

The stated goal of Linden Lab was to create a world like the Metaverse described by Neal Stephenson in his novel Snow Crash. The Residents define Second Life – they create a world in which to communicate, interact, play and do business.

Second Life’s virtual currency is the Linden Dollar (Linden, or L$) and is exchangeable for US Dollars in the marketplace operated by/driven by residents, Linden Lab and real life companies.

More than 60 universities have established campuses in Second Life, alongsidemany companies and media houses. Some of these are Aarhus Business College of Denmark, Harvard University, Leeds Metropolitan University, New York University, Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh and Virginia Tech.


How to find us in Second Life


Step #1:
Download Second Life software from here.

Step #2:
Install it and run it.

Step #3:
Open a new account in Second Life and define the appearance of your avatar (character).

Step #4:
Click the Map button and search for “Diplomacy Island,” then go there by teleporting your avatar (use the teleport button). The shortcut is here (the Second Life software has to be started before you can use the shortcut).


Additional settings


Step #5:
Click on EDIT - PREFERENCES and then the Audio & Video tag to set up your audio and video. Turn on: Play Streaming Music When Available and Play Streaming Video When Available. Click the OK button.

Step #6:
At the bottom of the screen, note the Movies control. Click on the PLAY button to receive video streaming (when available).

Step #7:
If you cannot hear avatars near you (or if you cannot even turn on the Talk button), you need to manage the security settings in your firewall. Set your firewall settings to make an exception (unblock) for 5060 TCP port.


System Requirements


Your computer must meet these REQUIREMENTS or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life.


Address of Diplomacy Island in Second Life:


- from the Net: Diplomacy Island

- our SL “latitude/longitude” (if you are in SL) is: 150,191,26


 

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