David Liu, chief executive of Beijing-based Cyber Recreation Development Corp., compared the upcoming Chinese virtual world with a three-dimensional eBay, where users can shop online through a more visually appealing interface.
(CRDC is backed by the Beijing government and is responsible for the project.)
A virtual shopping mall for China? That’s what it sounds like. It will be interesting to see how this develops. “The government won’t censor commercial transactions between users,” according to Liu. That leaves a lot of other areas open to censorship, including social interactions, which are a primary use of such spaces. The AP article raises some interesting questions about what will and won’t be available and allowed. How such spaces are governed in future is beginning to look more and more important.