Thursday, 19 March 2009

UK Tories don't get Second Life

This story from the BBC sees shows a number of things:

1. No matter how many times the Internet proves itself there will still be those who think its dumb;
2. Second Life has now so proven its value you have to be a Tory not to get it.

But as I recall it property and banking, according to last years Tories was such a wonderful foundation for long term Britain.


The government has hit back at claims it is wasting taxpayers' money on a virtual reality website.

The 3D "innovations centre" on the Second Life site cost £20,000 to set up and £12,000 a year to run even though it is not accessible to the public.

Conservative MP Nick Hurd said it showed the government was "living in a fantasy world".

The Department for Work and Pensions claimed the virtual meeting place could save taxpayers money in the long run.

A DWP spokesman said: "We are currently exploring the potential of using Second Life and have active interest from a number of government departments.

"Our new innovation centre in Second Life is a virtual area where both government and private companies can showcase technological innovations, such as low carbon footprint technology.

"We believe it could help make sharing technology more efficient and save taxpayers' money as meetings, events and shows can be held online at a fraction of the cost and resources."


The DWP, which is running the site with other government departments, says the site could eventually cover its own running costs as companies will be charged a fee to "showcase" products.

But at the moment it was just a pilot and was only accessible to the firms taking part and government officials and there are no plans to make the site available to the wider public. The project will be reviewed in 2011.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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