A Rape In cyberspace

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Nov 14, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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By:Julian

Dibble


"A Rape in Cyberspace" describes a "cyber
rape" in a multi
-
player computer game
or

MUD

called

LambdaMOO



The repercussions of this act on the

virtual
community

and subsequent changes to the
design of the MUD program.


Mud
-

Multi
-
User Dimension
-
a

multiplayer

real
-
time virtual world


Moo
-
object oriented
-
is a text
-
based online
virtual reality system to which multiple users
(players) are connected at the same time.


Lambda Moo
-
LambdaMOO

is an

online
community

of the variety called a

MOO. It is
the oldest MOO today.


Wizards
-

Lambda Moo website Administrators



LambdaMOO, which is a virtual community,
allows players to interact using

avatars



The avatars are user
-
programmable and
may interact automatically with each other
and with objects and locations in the
community.



The "cyber rape" itself was performed by a
player named Mr. Bungle. The user behind
this avatar ran a "voodoo doll" subprogram
that allowed him to make actions that were
falsely attributed to other characters in the
virtual community.


Mr. Bungle described sexual acts that
characters performed on each other, went
far beyond the community norms to that
point and continued for several hours


A photo of a LambdaMOO mansion


Several users wrote to the LambdaMOO
mailing list,

Social
-
issues
, about the
emotional trauma caused by his actions.



LambdaMOO was questioned about the
boundaries between

real
-
life

and

virtual
reality.



After the event the users of LambdaMOO
arranged an online meeting, to discuss what
should be done about Mr. Bungle


None of the victims were willing to punish
the user behind Mr. Bungle through real
-
life
means


Originally the users wanted to “
Toaded
” Mr.
Bungle meaning that he will be turned into a
toad by one of the website Wizards and his
description will describe him as a toad
instead of a human


Instead Mr.
Bungle’s

account was terminated


Users argued that Mr. Bungle should not be
punished because he did not technically
“rape” anyone


There where technically no rules against that
type of behavior


Users argued that what those victims didn’t
experience couldn't hurt them.


Victims argued that mental rape is worse
than physical rape

Mr. Bungle commented that he
was not a psycho .

Unfortunately the other users
didn’t buy it.



Pavel

Curtis (Lambda Moo Creator) also
known as
Archwizard

Haakon, set up a
system of

petitions

and

ballots

where anyone
could put to popular vote for future issues.


LambdaMOO users put into place
an

@boot

command, which temporarily
disconnects disruptive guest users from the
server.


The article also highlights issues of
governance within virtual worlds where all
users are democratically equal, with the
exceptions of "
superusers
," which can take
two forms: those like Mr. Bungle that use
technical knowledge to control the game,
and the "Wizards," who construct the virtual
world and decide how it will operate


There are many different opinions of what
constitutes as rape in the psychical and
virtual world


So…what do YOU think?