Digital Interactive Symposium Edinburgh (DIS:E) 2010

The Virtual Policy Network’s Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh 2010 (DIS:E 10) is being held on 27th August 2010 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh. Through the kind support of the University of Edinburgh School of Law’s SCRIPT technology and law research center, tickets for this year’s symposia are free. Places can be booked at

The Virtual Policy Network’s bring together academics, industry and policy makers to explore public policy and convergent media: computer games, virtual worlds, social networking, location based services and augmented reality. As with previous years, DIS:E is back-to-back with Edinburgh Interactive to make it easy for industry delegates to attend both events.

Now in its third year, the 2010 DIS:E will focus on the intersection of law, computer games and traditional media.

Ren Reynolds, Founder of the Virtual Policy Network, said “The law still sees TV, film, games and mobile as separate thing – technology now enables us to watch, play and read almost any content on almost any device. At this years symposium we’ll look at the legal contradictions and gaps that this has created, and how these impact users, players and the UK interactive / games industry.”

Themes of the 2010 Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh will include:

Consumer protection and the rise of Virtual Property

In game advertising and UK Advertising Standards

Gamers and “Real Identity”

Network Neutrality and on-line games

DIS:E 10 boasts and impressive collection of international legal experts including:

Professor Peter Yu (Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, Director, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School)

Assistant Professor Melissa de Zwart (University of South Australia)

Dr Nic Suzor (Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and visiting researcher at Georgetown University Law Centre)

Additionally, from the University of Edinburgh: Dr Abbe Brown and Andrés Guadamuz (Co-Director: SCRIPT Law and Technology Centre).

Notes for Editors

About DIS:E

Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh (DIS:E) is co-produced by the Virtual Policy Network ( and the University of Edinburgh.

Previous symposia included speakers from Ofcom, IBM, Field Fisher Waterhouse and the Universities of Edinburgh, Abertay, Newport, Manchester and Teeside and attendees from Nintendo UK, Linden Lab and a number of academic institutions.

About the Virtual Policy Network

the Virtual Policy Network is a think tank dedicated to exploring the public policy implications of virtual worlds. The purpose of the think tank is to generate an informed public policy debate about virtual worlds by bringing together policy makers, academics and the virtual world industry.


SCRIPT (the Shepherd and Wedderburn Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology) was established at the University of Edinburgh in 1998 as a centre of excellence in the disciplines of intellectual property law (IP) and information technology law (IT). SCRIPT is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and published n online journal SCRIPT-ed, further details can be found at

More information

More information about the event can be obtained from: Ren Reynolds,, +447778-285-273.

Contact: Beatrice Mocci
Phone: 0845 130 8992