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What is the Metaverse?
Marc Zuckerberg’s announcement about Facebook’s transition to Meta brought the concept of metaverse back in the spotlight. Yet, did you know that Diplo has extensive experience in Metaverse Diplomacy since 2007?
On this topic page, you can discover what Diplo has done so far on Metaverse Diplomacy and follow what we will be up to next.
Diplomacy Island in Virtual Reality
This section presents Diplo’s experiments on Metaverse conducted in 2007. You can find further down excerpts from the original website of the 2007 experiment with metaverse diplomacy.
About Diplomacy Island in Second Life
Diplomacy Island is the next step in over a decade of research and development in the field of MetaverseDiplomacy. 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 with more than five million users worldwide have registered to become part of this virtual world developed by Linden Lab.
The 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.
More than 60 universities have established campuses in Second Life, alongside many 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.
Virtual Embassies at the Diplomatic Island
First Virtual Embassy ever: Embassy of the Maldives
On May 22, 2007, the Republic of Maldives opened the world’s first Virtual Embassy in Second Life. The inauguration of this embassy took place in both the virtual and real world. In Geneva, in front of 200 guests, Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives emphasized how information technology and particularly the internet can be harnessed by small countries to help them participate meaningfully in international relations.
The Maldives Virtual Embassy is located on Diplomacy Island in Second Life. It was constructed on the basis of typical Maldivian architecture.
Virtual Diplomatic Library
Diplomacy Island hosts Diplo’s Virtual Library.
Museum of Diplomacy
The Virtual Museum of Diplomacy is more than a typical museum. Its main function is to highlight the relevance of diplomacy to modern society, as opposed to the use of force. The Museum will present historical examples of the success of diplomacy.
The virtual Diplomatic Academy hosts sessions and panels related to modern diplomacy and themes such as environmental diplomacy, energy diplomacy and cyber diplomacy.
Internet Governance Village
The Internet Governance Village, a place dedicated to Internet Governance hosts panels, round tables and conferences on Internet Governance issues. Visitors have the chance to consult various books, articles and other materials on Internet Governance.