Virtual Persons and Identities

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serval:BIB_EC32FB3C7E27
Type
A part of a book
Publication sub-type
Chapter: chapter ou part
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Virtual Persons and Identities
Title of the book
The Future of Identity in the Information Society, Challenges and Opportunities
Author(s)
Jaquet-Chiffelle D.-O., Benoist E., Haenni R., Wenger F., Zwingelberg H.
Publisher
Springer
ISBN
978-3-540-88480-4
Publication state
Published
Issued date
05/2009
Editor
Rannenberg K., Royer D., Deuker A.
Chapter
3
Pages
75-122
Language
english
Abstract
What is a virtual person? What is it used for? What is its added value?
Virtual persons sometimes describe avatars and new forms of identities in online games. They also appear in other contexts; some authors use them in the legal domain. Within FIDIS, the concept of virtual person has been extended in order to better describe and understand new forms of identities in the Information Society in relation to rights, duties, obligations and responsibilities.
Virtual persons, as other virtual entities, exist in the virtual world, the collection of all (abstract) entities which are or have been the product of the mind or imagination. The virtual world -not to be confused with the digital world- allows a unified description of many identity-related concepts that are usually defined separately without taking into consideration their similarities: avatars, pseudonyms, categories, profiles, legal persons, etc.
The legal system has a long experience of using abstract entities to define rules, categories, etc., in order to associate legal rights, obligations, and responsibilities to persons that can be considered instances of these abstract entities in specific situations. The model developed within FIDIS intentionally uses a similar construction.
n this chapter, after having explained the model, we apply it to pseudonyms. Then we explore the concept of virtual persons from a legal perspective. Eventually, we introduce trust in the light of virtual persons.
Keywords
Non-human legal persons, virtual persons, abstract persons
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25/08/2010 11:52
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