Accolades Continue for Our Piece on Iranian Protesters

Our article on the Iranian opposition using Second Life has seen a lot of press and publicity since it was posted on Pixels and Policy. It's received mentions on dozens of major websites, including
the excellent policy and politics website Truthout, Canadian newspaper Alternatives, and Iranian newspaper Iran-va-Jahan. Now it's getting one more.

This is a great way to end the week. Just got word from an eagle-eyed reader that our to continue their pro-democracy rallies, which was originally featured on the Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy in Focus think tank, has been promoted once more!Untitled

An FPIF staff writer got in touch with me a few days ago about my edits and thoughts on making a summary version of the original Iran article as part of FPIF's "60 Second Expert" series. These articles are intensely summarized pieces that explain arguments and facts of an article in a way that is easily digestible to a busy reader.

Well, I just found out that the 60 Second Expert piece based on my original story (this blog's inaugural piece) was posted! Here's hoping that even more people get an opportunity to see the amazing ways virtual worlds are changing foreign relations

Pixels and Policy Article on Iran Featured in ‘Foreign Policy in Focus’

It's not often I get to see such instant gratification, so I'm going to make the most of it: this blog's first article, which analyzed the many ways Second Life enabled Iranian pro-democracy activists to protest long after the repressive Iranian Security Service put a crackdown on real-world demonstrations, is now featured on the Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy in Focus think-tank!

Foreign Policy in Focus is a peer-reviewed online think-tank affiliated with the venerable Institute for Policy Studies, a think-tank that takes a wide view of the world's pressing foreign affairs conundrums. Having one of our pieces published with them is a great coup for us and a fantastic step to getting the serious study of virtual worlds accepted as a legitimate branch of foreign policy.

The battlegrounds and diplomacy arenas of the future will increasingly find their way online, and an understanding of the Metaverse will provide a great advantage to nations that take its study seriously.

So, thank you everyone for this first big victory!