Hey, people are using virtual world tech for new approaches to public/person-to-person diplomacy:
Rita J. King and Joshua S. Fouts, have a study called "Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds," which is an example of how US foreign service officers can use virtual worlds for public diplomacy.
The study researched the potential of virtual worlds to provide new opportunities for cultural dialogue around the often misunderstood subject of Islam by analyzing how people around the world were using virtual worlds for cultural expression. The intent was to highlight the potential value of virtual worlds for nuanced cultural understanding and to illustrate its utility for public diplomacy.