The co-chair of President-elect Barack Obama’s FCC transition team is a World of Warcraft geek.
That word comes by way of GigaOm, where Wagner James Au writes that Wharton Prof. Kevin Werbach (left), a Net Neutrality advocate is steering the Obama team’s takeover of the FCC (presumably between WoW raids).
In fact, Werbach belongs to a pair of WoW guilds. He wrote of his gaming in a 2006 blog post:
I play Warcraft because it’s fun. It’s taking time away from watching TV, reading books, and other entertainment pursuits. But I’m also playing because I believe MMOGs will be one of the primary forms of social software for the next decade. Defined broadly, they may become the dominant form of social software. And you can’t understand games without experiencing them first-hand…
What [WoW] does is provide an incentive for people to develop new software and ideas for collaborative production. Many of those ideas will translate to other group activities, including those within the business world…
As Au notes, Werbach’s WoW experience is a plus, since online gamers have a major stake in the Net Neutrality issue. Also of note, Werbach’s co-chair, Michigan Prof. Susan Crawford, is an admirer of Second Life:
Professor Crawford, a board member at ICANN, also counts herself “a huge fan of Second Life” for the way it lets users retain IP rights to their content (though she confesses to difficulty when it comes to moving her SL avatar around.)
GP: We’re dying to know – does Werbach play Horde or Alliance?