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Virtual Economies

Author : Vili Lehdonvirta
ISBN : 9780262027250
Genre : Business & Economics
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How the basic concepts of economics -- including markets, institutions, and money -- can be used to create and analyze economies based on virtual goods.
Category: Business & Economics

Virtual Economies And Financial Crime

Author : Clare Chambers-Jones
ISBN : 9781849809337
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 63.73 MB
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Virtual economies and financial crime are ever-growing, increasingly significant facets to banking, finance and anti-money laundering regulations on an international scale. In this pathbreaking and timely book, these two important issues are explored together for the first time in the same place. Clare Chambers-Jones examines the jurisprudential elements of cyber law in the context of virtual economic crime and explains how virtual economic crime can take place in virtual worlds. She looks at the multi-layered and interconnected issues association with the increasing trend of global and virtual banking via the 'Second Life' MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game). Through this fascinating case study, the author illustrates how virtual worlds have created a second virtual economy which transgresses into the real, creating economic, political and social issues. Loopholes used by criminals to launder money through virtual worlds (given the lack of jurisdictional consensus on detection and prosecution) are also highlighted. The importance of providing legal clarity over jurisdictional matters in cyberspace is an increasing concern for policymakers and regulators, and this book provides a wealth of information on new aspects of cyber law and virtual economics. As such, it will prove essential reading for academics, students, researchers and policymakers across the fields of law generally, and more specifically, financial law and regulation, finance, money and banking, and economic crime.
Category: Business & Economics

Regulating Markets

Author : Vili Lehdonvirta
ISBN : 9780262327688
Genre : Business & Economics
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In the twenty-first-century digital world, virtual goods are sold for real money. Digital game players happily pay for avatars, power-ups, and other game items. But behind every virtual sale there is a virtual economy, simple or complex. This BIT explains that the objectives of virtual economies -- providing content, attracting and retaining users, and earning revenues -- are often best pursued in unfree (that is, regulated) rather than free markets.
Category: Business & Economics

A Critical Rewriting Of Global Political Economy

Author : V. Spike Peterson
ISBN : 9781134380206
Genre : Political Science
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Moving beyond a narrow definition of economics, this pioneering book advances our knowledge of global political economy and how we might critically respond to it. V. Spike Peterson clearly shows how two key features of the global economy increasingly determine everyday lives worldwide. The first is explosive growth in financial markets that shape business decision-making and public policy-making, and the second is dramatic growth in informal and flexible work arrangements that shape income-generation and family wellbeing. These developments, though widely recognized, are rarely analyzed as inextricable and interacting dimensions of globalization. Using a new theoretical model, Peterson demonstrates the interdependence of reproductive, productive and virtual economies and analyzes inequalities of race, gender, class and nation as structural features of neoliberal globalization. Presenting a methodologically plural, cross-disciplinary and well-documented account of globalization, the author integrates marginalized and disparate features of globalization to provide an accessible narrative from a postcolonial feminist vantage point.
Category: Political Science

Virtual Economies And Currencies

Author : United States. Government Accountability Office
ISBN : OCLC:853683968
Genre : Electronic funds transfers
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Category: Electronic funds transfers

Research Handbook On The Law Of Virtual And Augmented Reality

Author : Woodrow Barfield
ISBN : 9781786438591
Genre : Computers
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Virtual and augmented reality raise significant questions for law and policy. When should virtual world activities or augmented reality images count as protected First Amendment ‘speech’, and when are they instead a nuisance or trespass? When does copying them infringe intellectual property laws? When should a person (or computer) face legal consequences for allegedly harmful virtual acts? The Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality addresses these questions and others, drawing upon free speech doctrine, criminal law, issues of data protection and privacy, legal rights for increasingly intelligent avatars, and issues of jurisdiction within virtual and augmented reality worlds.
Category: Computers

Rethinking Global Political Economy

Author : Kurt Burch
ISBN : 9781134381050
Genre : Political Science
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Rethinking Global Political Economy contains incisive analysis of history, linguistics, class, culture, empirical data and normative concerns. This important volume presents innovative approaches to fundamental issues in global political economy. Together they provide multiple arguments and avenues for rethinking global political economy in a time of turmoil and system transformation. It will appeal to those interested in seeing new perspectives and healthy heterodoxy in the study of political economy.
Category: Political Science

Virtual Social Identity And Consumer Behavior

Author : Natalie T. Wood
ISBN : 9780765641939
Genre : Business & Economics
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How can corporate America effectively target the growing flood of consumers participating in online
Category: Business & Economics

Handbook On The Economics Of The Media

Author : Robert G Picard
ISBN : 9780857938893
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 82.38 MB
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Media industries and services present a complex set of challenges to economic analysis: challenges made more difficult by the technological changes that have been transforming the media sector. Research on the economics of media has made major advances
Category: Business & Economics

About Religion

Author : Mark C. Taylor
ISBN : 0226791610
Genre : Computers
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"Religion," Mark C. Taylor maintains, "is most interesting where it is least obvious." From global financial networks to the casinos of Las Vegas, from images flickering on computer terminals to steel sculpture, material culture bears unexpected traces of the divine. In a world where the economies of faith are obscure, yet pervasive, Taylor shows that approaching religion directly is less instructive than thinking about it. Traveling from high culture to pop culture and back again, About Religion approaches cyberspace and Las Vegas through Hegel and Kant and reads Melville's The Confidence-Man through the film Wall Street. As astonishing juxtapositions and associations proliferate, formerly uncharted territories of virtual culture disclose theological vestiges, showing that faith in contemporary culture is as unavoidable as it is elusive. The most accessible presentation of Taylor's revolutionary ideas to date, About Religion gives us a dazzling and disturbing vision of life at the end of the old and beginning of the new millennium.
Category: Computers