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Julian Dibbell

Julian Dibbell in 2009

Julian Dibbell (; born February 23, 1963) is an American author and technology journalist with a focus on social systems within online communities.[1]


  • Life and career 1
  • Works 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Dibbell was born in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[4] He is also a founder of the academic gaming research blog Terra Nova.

His 1993 article "A Rape in Cyberspace"[5] detailed attempts of LambdaMOO, an online community, to quantify and deal with lawbreaking in its midst. The article was later included in his first book, My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World. Dibbell has also written about Chinese gold farmers for The New York Times Magazine[6] and about griefer culture for "Wired" Magazine.[7] He chronicled his attempt to make a living playing MMORPGs in his second book, Play Money: or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot.[8][9]

Dibbell graduated from Yale University, summa cum laude, in 1986. He graduated from University of Chicago Law School (where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review)[10] in 2014. Dibbell now practices law as an associate in the Business and Technology Sourcing practice of the global law firm Mayer Brown.[11]


  • Dibbell, Julian. My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World. Owl Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8050-3626-1
  • Dibbell, Julian. Play Money: or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot. Basic Books, 2006. ISBN 0-465-01535-2
  • Dibbell, Julian and Clarisse Thorn. Violation: Rape In Gaming. Amazon CreateSpace, 2012. ISBN 1480077453


  1. ^ Leonard, Andrew (January 22, 1999). The unbearable realness of virtual being.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1991). Classic Rock.
  3. ^ "People: Julian Dibbell". Center for Internet and Society. Stanford University. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ Gudeman, Kim (25 Feb 2010). "Noted technology journalist to help bridge gap between engineers, technology users". Coordinated Science Laboratory News. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ 21 Dec 1993.The Village VoiceDibbell, Julian. "A Rape in Cyberspace."
  6. ^ 17 June 2007.The New York Times MagazineDibbell, Julian. "The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer."
  7. ^ 18 Jan 2008.Wired MagazineDibbell, Julian. "Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World."
  8. ^ Stamper, Dustin (19 January 2007). "Taxing Ones and Zeros: Can the IRS Ignore Virtual Economies?". Tax Analysts. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  9. ^ MONTAGNE, RENEE (February 10, 2006). "Online Gaming, Money and Tax Law". NPR. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "The University of Chicago Law Review Vol. 81 Masthead". 
  11. ^ "Mayer Brown Law Firm PRofile". 

External links

  • Official site

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