Opening Keynote: Re-defining Human Rights for the Metaverse
The Metaverse is a human rights dilemma. In this internet era, people relinquish their data and human rights without realizing the risks and consequences. Given that the Metaverse will be “the next version of the Internet,” the talk will reflect on the existing challenges and the need for potential new rights.More info
Demystifying the metaverse: What is the metaverse, and why does it matter? What should we know today for a better tomorrow?
The metaverse is a growing network of virtual and augmented digital worlds parallel to the physical world. There is a lack of consensus around the baseline understanding of what the Metaverse brings along concerning risks and opportunities. This talk is to create a common baseline understanding across a multidisciplinary audience.More info
Are we ready for the Brave New Worlds with Human & Society in the Loop?
As the Metaverse evolves and people spend more time blending offline and online interactions, the immersive internet promises to be the virtual meeting space of tomorrow where communities can work, play, relax, transact and socialize. How will this digital space transform our lives?More info
Impact of Immersive Advertising on Humankind: how will the Metaverse change our behavior as it reshapes our experiences?
Companies of all stripes are racing to enter the Metaverse, building experiences, engaging in gaming, or selling virtual goods. Research suggests that VR is up to 4x more effective based on eye tracking and various biometric data. How can consumers be more aware and informed as we build these brave new worlds?More info
Data, surveillance, and interconnected Virtual Worlds
Access to the Metaverse is highly dependent on close-to-the-body hardware (headsets, hand devices, etc., capable of collecting biometric involuntary data with technologies like movement or eye-tracking). This scenario amplifies the risks to privacy, autonomy, and human agency. Where is all of this going to lead us?More info
Accessibility & Inclusion: Is the Metaverse going to increase the digital Divide?
We think of the Metaverse as the next paradigm shift for experience on the internet. From a social standpoint, the Metaverse has the potential to offer more access and inclusivity across many boundaries. Still, it’s important to be mindful of the equally important possibility of exacerbating the digital divide, given the hardware and connectivity required […]More info
Do we need a new framework for Human Rights in the Metaverse?
The international community must identify and critique the existing human rights frameworks to enable a more secure Metaverse. The UN and the global governments have an essential role to play in these technological developments. Most importantly, virtual worlds are infused with artificial intelligence and neuro technologies, and studying their impact; to mitigate threats to human […]More info
Intersections of AI and XR create a convergence of virtual and physical worlds.
The interconnected and persistent nature of the metaverse will provide an unprecedented opportunity for connection across environments and devices. Central to users’ experiences will be safety, privacy, and inclusivity, fuelled by AI, enabling the ability to extend reality and traverse freely through virtual environments.More info
Building a community in web2 for web3: Protecting the consumer and community, scams in the digital economy
“Building community” are the buzzwords of web3. These communities are largely being built on web2 social media platforms. This panel will discuss effective community-building strategies that focus on the safety and security of members and how hard lessons learned in the past can inform future decisions.More info
What’s on your mind? How the immersive internet affects how you perceive reality, memory, and emotions
As we are increasingly plugged into virtual worlds, examining how these interactions affect us as human beings will become more important. This panel will examine how interactions in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality may differ from those happening in the physical world and the effects on our brains.More info
The Promised Land: risks and opportunities with asset ownership in digital economies
The ability to own assets has the potential to change the relationship between individuals and corporations in online environments. This panel will examine the risks and benefits of moving to such a system and if consumers want to own and manage their assets, for example, in games and social media accounts. The implications on intellectual […]More info
Stay Alert! Evolving Security, Safety, and Financial Crimes in the Metaverse
While the Metaverse provides a host of new opportunities and innovation springboards, it is already a space that is being explored by bad actors. What must Individuals and businesses do to ensure they are adequately protected as this next iteration of the internet evolves?More info
Overtime: The Future of Esports and Addressing Addiction Within Gaming Communities
Esports have grown tremendously over the last decade. Players can communicate and interact in virtual gaming worlds in ways they only dreamed of 10 years ago. This panel will examine the future of the industry and look at how big of a threat addiction is in the communities and what communities do to help their […]More info
Whose Influence is it anyway? Influencers, corporate mascots, artificial and virtual identity
Virtual influencers receive up to three times more engagement than traditional influencers. Brands are using them instead of corporate mascots. What effects might virtual influencers have on safety and mental health? Can virtual influencers be leveraged for good, and where are we headed with the integrations of AI into virtual influencers?More info
Ready Player You: New Frontier of Privacy, Security and Digital Identity
In the Metaverse, platforms will be able to profile your physical, emotional, and behavioral states in real-time, leading to unprecedented privacy concerns. At the same time, metaverse technologies are designed to fool your senses, which will enable dangerous new forms of fraud and deception, from predatory advertising to avatar identity theft. What are the risks […]
The current landscape of virtual worlds for children
Cross-platform analysis around immersive children safety and children rights in the immersive technologies.More info
The new iteration of the Internet needs a new framework
Moving from protection to prevention using new guidelines, standards, frameworks, and regulations.More info
Advocating for children’s rights in the era of constant reality capture
How to uphold privacy, freedom, and children’s rights in the new iteration of the internet?More info
Exposing the underbelly of the Metaverse
Child sexual exploitation, grooming, harassment, deep fakes, deep nudes, age-inappropriate content, etc. bring a tsunami of risks to vulnerable age groups and future generations. This panel explores where the balalnce should be as we utilize emerging technologies to address these risks.More info
Opening Keynote – The promise of MedicalXR, Immersive Healthcare
How presence, simulation and immersion are going to transform Healthcare?More info
MDIC is the only public-private partnership developed to work with government and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that promote patient access to innovative medical technologies. Several of the active members of MDIC will discuss how they continue to prioritize patient safety and privacy via various MDIC programs to add value to the intersecting needs of […]More info
Impact of Blockchain and DLT on Emerging Healthcare Ecosystems
The healthcare industry faces various challenges, including an aging population, scarce and imbalanced medical resources, and excessive growth in medical expenses. Does Blockchain have the potential to improve the lives of patients? Key aspects of the interview will include: The role of open source DLTs in empowering and protecting patients’ data The need for technical […]More info
The current realities of immersive healthcare technologies
A factual analysis and report based on recent research. What do we know, and what are the unanswered questions as we prepare for healthcare in the Metaverse?More info
Privacy, Roe vs. Wade, Evolution of the Metaverse and future of Healthcare Data Protection
HIPAA covers the American legal context to protect healthcare data, which hasn’t been updated since 2003. While most of the world either faces worse legal privacy conditions or suffers from a lack of data protection, Europe has recently expanded the definition of “Sensitive data” to include health inferences. As the Metaverse evolves and America grapples […]More info
Patient Health and Safety: How will immersive healthcare infrastructure transform patient care?
The new role of clinicians, nurses, researchers, and hospitals delivering medical care.More info
Closing Panel: Confronting Ethical Challenges in the Immersive Healthcare Ecosystems
A multidisciplinary discussion among academic researchers, doctors, and technology professionals to investigate the ethical challenges of using virtual environments and devices in various Medical XR use cases along with potential solutions.More info
The meta challenge of the Metaverse: the start of a new era for government services
Before the Metaverse officially arrives, we need to shift our mindsets from the individual to the collective and look at space as a common good. Governments must ensure that this new space industry meets the needs of everyone, not just those who can afford it. How are governments planning to onboard citizens to Metaverse services, […]More info
Establishing a Metaverse Embassy
The Barbadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade are working with Decentraland, one of the largest and most popular crypto-powered digital worlds, to establish a digital embassy in the Metaverse. What have we learned from this experience? Are there lessons learned to share with other governments and private entities?More info
Regulating the Metaverse: How to govern the virtual?
We’ve all heard of sexual assaults and negative experiences in VR. As we evolve towards the Metaverse, we will need real-world controls to protect users from fraud, abuse, and loss. Regulation takes time and is difficult to apply globally. A panel discussion on what it takes to make the metaverse a viable place to live […]More info
A Whole New World: How Do We Educate and Onboard Citizens?
The Metaverse will have consequential levels of impact on human behavior. But amongst the opportunities the Metaverse will provide, many risks could translate into harm. Given what’s at stake, do we need to provide education and onboarding to citizens?More info
Welcome to the Corporate Metaverse: How Organizations are Changing Their Work
The Metaverse promises to bring new levels of social connection, mobility, and collaboration to a world of virtual work. Are the promises empty, or are organizations changing how they work due to the Metaverse?More info
How to Join the Metaverse: Identity and Virtual Citizenship
For the Metaverse to fulfill its immense potential without threatening the safety and control of its users, it needs to be built with digital identity in mind. Should we be planning and building a tangible link to the physical world to ensure identity that is crucial to security?More info
Metaverse Strides in the Business World: How Corporations are Governing in a Vacuum
While the pace of Metaverse is debatable and adoption is difficult to predict, we know it is coming. With the Metaverse will come the need for corporations better to govern various aspects of their participation in the Metaverse. Undoubtedly the evolution will affect internal processes, business dealings, case strategy, and more.More info
How is the Metaverse Shifting our Technical Ecosystem and Lifecycle?
XR technologies aren’t new, but how we interact with them has changed rapidly within the last several years. As businesses compete for supremacy in this space, the landscape of these innovations has become confusing and uncertain for many. In this context, our technical ecosystem and lifecycle need to change.More info
Next battlefield Metaverse
Can XR impact national security and stability? How will hybrid actors exploit vulnerabilities in the Metaverse? How can the Metaverse impact democracy? While the Metaverse concept and technologies are still in their infancy, the transition from an interactive to immersive digital world may have far-reaching impacts on social division, societal resilience, disinformation-driven violence, and potential […]More info