Ren Reynolds

Ren is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network a think tank dedicated to promoting policy discourse about virtual worlds and social media.

Academically Ren writes about the philosophy / ethics of technology, computer games and virtual worlds. His work has included exploring the philosophical basis of property, governance, identity and rights in online spaces as well as the moral basis of virtual acts. He also writes on the TerraNova blog.

Ren is a member of the UK Transformational Government Expert Group on Social Media; the European Information and Network Security Agency virtual group on virtual worlds, Edinburgh Interactive Festival Committee; Virtual Worlds Forum Executive Board; Games Studies (journal) Review Board; London Knowledge Lab: Culture, learning and teaching in Second Life - Advisory Board Member and is co-founder of the Digital Interactive Symposium: Edinburgh. He is also a member of: Association of Internet Researches, Digital Games Research Association, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, International Game Developers Association, London Games Research Group, The Royal Television Society, The Institute of Directors.

Previously the global head of strategy for Internet, Mobile & Applications for Cable & Wireless Ren developed a Digital Media service portfolio. Ren has also consulted in marketing and product strategy / development for British Airways, BBC, Sky, Publicis; the UK Government and a number of virtual world start-up companies; and has written extensively for IBM on the business application of emerging technologies for strategic advantage.

Ren has numerous media credits including BBC, MTV; G4 TV; BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 and World Service, NY Public Radio, Radio Sweden, and has been interviewed by New Scientist, Popular Science, The Guardian and many others.

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