Agenda

9:30 am PST
December 10
30 minutes

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 the Metaverse will be “the next version of the Internet,” the talk will reflect on the existing challenges, as well as focus on the need for potential new rights.

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10:05 am PST
December 10
1 hour

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 that exist in parallel with the physical world. There is a lack of consensus around the baseline understanding of what Metaverse brings along wrt risks and opportunities. This talk is to create a common baseline understanding across a multidisciplinary audience.

Tom Ffiske
Editor
The Immersive Wire
Brian D. Wassom
XRSI Advisor | Partner
XRSI | Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Courtney D Cogburn
Associate Professor
Columbia University
Noble Ackerson
XRSI Advisor | President
XRSI | CyberXR Coalition
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11:10 am PST
December 10
30 minutes

Immersive Marketing in the Metaverse Age: challenges and opportunities in leveraging experiential technologies for a positive social outcome

Companies of all stripes are racing to enter the metaverse, whether that means building experiences there, engaging in gaming, minting NFTs, or selling virtual goods. Research suggests that XR advertising can be up to 4x more effective than traditional formats. How far are we from the arrival of the Metaverse, and how should marketers utilize […]

Alvin Wang Graylin
China President, HTC Global VP of Corp. Dev., HTC
HTC
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11:45 am PST
December 10
1 hour

Data, surveillance, Identity and interconnected Virtual Worlds

Access to the Metaverse is highly dependent on close-to-the-body hardware such as headsets, hand devices, etc., capable of collecting involuntary biometric data with technologies like movement or eye-tracking. This scenario amplifies privacy, identity, autonomy, and human agency risks. Where is all of this going to lead us?

Albert Fox Cahn
Albert Fox Cahn
Executive Director
Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.)
Gayan Peiris
Head of Data and Technology
UNDP
Stéphane Duguin
CEO
CyberPeace Institute
Kaliya Young
Super Hero
Identity Woman
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12:50 pm PST
December 10
30 minutes

Accessibility & Inclusion: Is the Metaverse going to increase the digital Divide?

If 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 […]

Sam Ng
Head of Digital Solutions
UNDP
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1:50 pm PST
December 10
1 hour

Do we need a new framework for Human Rights in the Metaverse?

There is a need for the international community to identify and critique the existing human rights frameworks to potentially enable a secure and interoperable Metaverse. The UN and Global governments have an important role to play in these technological developments, most importantly, virtual worlds infused with artificial intelligence and neuro technologies and studying their impact; […]

Obed Sindy
CEO & Founder
Académie ACE
Agustina Ordoñez
Researcher
Yale University
Sarah Rattray
Senior Advisor on Human Rights
United Nations Development Programme
Janaé N. McPhaul
Diversity & Inclusion Advisor
XRSI/CyberXR Coalition
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2:55 pm PST
December 10
1 hour

Intersections of BCI, AI and XR in creating 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. One issue that needs particular consideration and will be the focus […]

David Warden Sime
XRSI Advisor | Technical Director
XRSI | Riiot Digital Ltd.
Allan McCay
Academic Fellow and Deputy Director of Sydney Institute of Criminology
University of Sydney
Divya Chander
XRSI Advisor, Senior Nonresident Fellow Atlantic Council, Senior Fellow Stimson Center, Chair Neuroscience Singularity University
XRSI | Atlantic Council, Stimson Center, Singularity University
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4:10 pm PST
December 10
30 minutes

AI Ethics and the Implications for the Metaverse

Advances in artificial intelligence and, most especially, generative AI have been coming fast and furious. But what are the risks of this technology developing so quickly? What checks and balances are in place? How can we use AI for social good? How can we protect individuals and communities against its misuse? And what role will […]

Matt White
CEO
CEO
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4:50 pm PST
December 10
30 minutes

Putting Human Rights at the Heart of the Metaverse

The Metaverse epitomizes the human rights dilemma inherent in many emerging technologies. Technology is morally neutral, so how can we ensure that it is used for good and not evil? This talk will focus on how we can develop the metaverse to empower humanity and enhance our lives while avoiding becoming a digital dystopia that […]

Lorraine J Finlay
Human Rights Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
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10:05 am PST
December 12
30 minutes

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 reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality may differ from those happening in the physical world and the effects that has on our brains.

Doug Thompson
Founder
Narraio
Sasha Wallinger
Head of Web3 & Metaverse Strategy
Journey
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10:40 am PST
December 12
1 hour

Building a community in web2 for web3: Protecting the consumer and community, scams in the digital economy

“Building community” are the buzzwords of web3 and these communities are largely being built on web2 social media platforms. This panel will discuss effective community building strategies that focus on safety and security of members and how hard lessons learned in the past can inform future decisions.

Roy Bhasin
Founder & CEO
ZenAcademy
Mary Beth Sales-Howell
PR Expert
@MaryBethSales
Eugene Capon
XRSI Advisor | Global XR Education Advisor
XRSI | Studio Capon, LLC
Melty Tantiwanich
Co-founder & Creative Director, Metaverse Council Member
XP Foundry, Global Esports Federation
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11:45 am PST
December 12
1 hour

The Promised Land: risks and opportunities with asset ownership in digital economies

The ability to own assets can 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 of intellectual property law and […]

Zach Lewis
Associate, Blockchain & Interactive Entertainment Groups
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Sarterus Rowe
Director of IT and Innovation
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Eliana Torres
IP Attorney
Nixon Peabody LLP
Elizabeth Shubov
Advisor
XR Safety Initiative
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1:15 pm PST
December 12
1 hour

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?

Catherine Carroll
Co-Founder
LifeForce Games
Tamas Henning
XRSI Advisor | Senior Director, Security Engineering
XRSI | Circle
Paolo Maria Gangi
Attorney at law (Lawyer)
Studio Legale Gangi
Jasmine Brunson
Founder
Rektify AI
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3:35 pm PST
December 12
1 hour

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?

Theo Priestley
CEO
Metanomic
Dan Burgar
CEO and Founder
Frontier Collective
Charmaine Lee
Product Manager
Snap AR
String Nguyen
Managing Director
Chubbiverse
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4:45 pm PST
December 12
30 minutes

Closing Keynote – 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 […]

Louis Rosenberg
XRSI Advisor | AR Pioneer
XRSI | Unanimous AI | Responsible Metaverse Alliance
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9:30 am PST
December 13
30 minutes

How will the Metaverse impact the young?

Metaverse technologies are rapidly growing in the consumer market, expanding audience demographics and including young people. What are the benefits for the new generations, and what are the possible risks?

Lori Trahan
Member of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
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10:05 am PST
December 13
30 minutes

The current landscape of virtual worlds for children

The new virtual worlds represent public squares where children and adolescents can meet, exchange experiences, learn and have fun, regardless of their geographical boundaries and social limits. How do today’s virtual worlds present risks to young users, and what can we do to mitigate these? What are potential future threats to children in the Metaverse?

Julie Dawson
Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer
Yoti
Steven Vosloo
Digital Policy Specialist
UNICEF
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10:40 am PST
December 13
1 hour

Exposing the underbelly of the Metaverse

From ads to trolls to predators, virtual worlds offer anonymity and a lack of accountability for behaviors that target children. Social media has also fueled new avenues for IRL crimes, including bullying, violence, child pornography, sexual assault, and human trafficking. As the Metaverse aims to bring us closer together through fully-immersive experiences, children’s long-term cognitive, […]

Dan Fitter
Head of Privacy, Security & Online Safety
PUBLIC
John Tanagho
Executive Director
IJM Center to End Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
Claire Trageser
Journalist
Freelance Journalist
Justin Brookman
Director, Technology Policy
Consumer Reports
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11:45 am PST
December 13
30 minutes

Advocating for Children’s Rights in the Era of Constant Reality Capture

The Metaverse promises to blur boundaries between reality & virtual worlds. Today, vulnerable populations, children & young adults, experience the most significant risks while navigating these environments.  Privacy, security & autonomy are critical to developing a child’s identity & sense of self.  How do we define Children’s Rights in the Metaverse, and how can we […]

Sonia Livingstone
Professor of Social Psychology
London School of Economics and Political Science
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12:20 pm PST
December 13
1 hour

The new iteration of the internet needs a new framework for Child Safety

When we refer to young individuals, it’s vital to anticipate the risks, each of which materializing can have a negative long-term impact, considering the native vulnerabilities of this age group. What are the possible countermeasures in line with guidelines, frameworks, and standards needed to advance this shift?

David Wright
CEO
SWGfL
Iain Drennan
Executive Director
WeProtect Global Alliance
Treye Thomas
Progam Manager, Lead Toxicologist
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Natalia Volodymyrovna Antonova
Writer, investigator
I'm representing myself
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1:25 pm PST
December 13
1 hour

Shared Responsibility for safeguarding the young generations

Should technology providers, parents, and educators share the responsibility of protecting young people? Are they the first line of defense against the risks of using Metaverse platforms? The panel will focus on how we can promote awareness about controls and mechanisms available to guardians and children for building an inclusive, safe and healthy Metaverse.

Jessica Stone
Psychologist and CEO
Virtual Sandtray, LLC
Catherine Knibbs
Online Harms Consultant and Psychotherapist
Catherine Knibbs
Dean Katsuo Takahashi
lead writer for GamesBeat
VentureBeat
Amber Hawkes
Principal, Online Safety & Digital Literacy
Pearl Consulting
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9:30 am PST
December 14
30 minutes

Opening Keynote – Virtually Better: The Science and Practice of Therapeutic Virtual Reality

Not so far in the future, clinicians might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to ease aches and pains instead of prescribing another pill. Psychiatrists might treat social anxiety by inviting patients to a dinner party or reminiscing with Alzheimer patients in a replica of their childhood home. Hospitals might immerse children in fantastical playlands while […]

Brennan Spiegel
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Cedars-Sinai
Divya Chander
XRSI Advisor, Senior Nonresident Fellow Atlantic Council, Senior Fellow Stimson Center, Chair Neuroscience Singularity University
XRSI | Atlantic Council, Stimson Center, Singularity University
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10:05 am PST
December 14
1 hour

The Good, Bad, the Ugly, and the Unknown

What do we know about immersive healthcare’s positives and negatives today? What are the least understood aspects of immersive healthcare? What do we need to care about?

Amira Abdullah AlBusadi
CEO & Founder
MulhimVR
Franziska-Juliette Klebôn
Head of Data & AI
Microsoft Switzerland
Dr Sana Farid
President
VRAR Association MENA
Sage Wexner
Director of Medical Simulations, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Kern Medical
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11:10 am PST
December 14
1 hour

Setting the global standards for Medical XR in Healthcare

Simulation and immersive technologies are revolutionizing health and care education, growing in popularity across all sectors and disciplines, and offering different ways of supporting and engaging with learners. Health Education England has been collaborating with XRSI’s Medical XR Council & several key MXR stakeholders to build baseline standards for this emerging field. The panel will […]

Neil A Ralph
Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Directorate of Digital, Innovation and Transformation
Health Education England
Ross O’Brien
Co-Founder
XR Health Alliance (XRHA)
Kavya Pearlman
Founder and CEO
XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)
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12:15 pm PST
December 14
30 minutes

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:

Alex Cahana
XRSI Advisor | Venture Partner
XRSI | ImpactRooms
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2:35 pm PST
December 14
1 hour

Privacy, Roe vs Wade, Evolution of the Metaverse and future of Healthcare Data Protection

American legal context to protect healthcare data is covered by HIPAA, which hasn’t been updated since 2003. While most of the world either faces worse legal privacy conditions or suffers from lack of data protections, Europe has recently expanded the definition of “Sensitive data” to include health inferences. As the Metaverse evolves, and America grapples […]

Veena Somareddy
CEO
Neuro Rehab VR
Julia A Scott
XRSI Advisor | Director of Brain and Memory Care Lab
XRSI | Santa Clara University
Paula Pando de Hill
XRSI Advisor | Privacy Of Counsel and Advocate
XRSI | Palacios, Abogados y Consultores
Debra J Farber
Privacy & Safety Program Lead
XRSI
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3:45 pm PST
December 14
1 hour

Closing Panel: Confronting Ethical Challenges in the Immersive Healthcare Ecosystems

A multidisciplinary discussion among the academic researchers, doctors and technology professionals to investigate ethical challenges of using virtual environments and devices in various Medical XR use cases along with potential solutions.

Susan Persky
Associate Investigator
National Human Genome Research Institute
Anne Lord Bailey
Director, Clinical Tech Innovation; Immersive Tech Lead
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Charles E. Binkley
Director of Bioethics; Associate Professor of Surgery
Hackensack Meridian Health and Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Nadir Weibel
Associate Professor of Computer Science / Associate Faculty Director Design Lab
UC San Diego
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9:10 am PST
December 15
15 minutes

Welcome to Day 5

Kavya Pearlman
Founder and CEO
XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)
Kristina Podnar
XRSI Advisor | Digital Policy Consultant
XRSI | NativeTrust Consulting, LLC
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9:30 am PST
December 15
30 minutes

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. It is imperative that governments 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 […]

Sunita Patel
Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director, Technology Security | Office of the National Cyber Director | Executive Office of the President
The White House
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10:05 am PST
December 15
1 hour

Battlefield Metaverse: how can XR impact national security and democracy?

While the Metaverse concept and technologies are still in their infancy, the transition from an interactive to an immersive digital world may have far-reaching impacts on social division, societal resilience, disinformation-driven violence, and potential new vulnerabilities to hybrid attacks by state actors. How can we ensure that the Metaverse will not be weaponized? How can […]

Chris Kremidas-Courtney
XRSI Advisor | Senior Fellow
XRSI | Friends of Europe
Hanna Linderstål
CEO
Earhart Business Protection Agency
Joe Litobarski
Editor-in-Chief
Debating Europe
Hoda Al Khzaimi
XRSI Advisor | Ast. Vice Provost for Research Translation and Innovation
XRSI | NYUAD
Philipp Amann
Head of Strategy
European Cybercrime Centre, Europol
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11:10 am PST
December 15
1 hour

Global Policymaking and role of Regulators: How to govern the Metaverse?

The Metaverse may be a concept long familiar to technologists, but it’s only recently been recognized as anything close to a household name. The Metaverse will change the way people and businesses communicate, and operate. The Metaverse will be built on products that will produce difficult trade-offs between accessibility, interoperability, privacy, safety and security. Metaverse […]

Dr Jacqui Taylor
CEO
FlyingBinary
Stephen Bonner
Deputy Commissioner
Information Commissioner's Office
Hamza Hameed
Legal Consultant
UNIDROIT
Dennis “Fox” Bonilla
Chief Technology Officer
Baltu Technologies Inc
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12:15 pm PST
December 15
1 hour

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 as a result of the Metaverse?

Rob Sherman
Vice President and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Policy
Meta
Ayisha Piotti
Managing Partner
RegHorizon
Nicky Hickman
Advisor
cheqd
Kristina Podnar
XRSI Advisor | Digital Policy Consultant
XRSI | NativeTrust Consulting, LLC
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1:45 pm PST
December 15
1 hour

A Whole New World: What Internet Era lessons Can we apply to the Metaverse?

The Metaverse will have consequential levels of impact on human behavior. But amongst the opportunities that the Metaverse will provide, there are many risks that could translate into harms. Given what’s at stake, do we need to provide education and onboard citizens? What lessons can we learn from the internet era?

Kavya Pearlman
Founder and CEO
XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)
Mohamed Khamis
XRSI Advisor | Associate Professor
XRSI | University of Glasgow
Laura E. Brown
Educational Design & Technology | Policy & Research | Immersive Media
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2:50 pm PST
December 15
30 minutes

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 that it is coming. With the Metaverse will come the need for corporations to better govern various aspects of their participation in the Metaverse. Undoubtedly the evolution will affect internal processes, business dealings, case strategy, and more.

Andrea Bonime-Blanc
CEO & Founder
GEC Risk Advisory
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3:35 pm PST
December 15
1 hour

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 […]

Thuraya Mohammed Al-Harthi
Senior Specialist of Innovation & Emerging Technology Development
Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology
Anne Hobson
Policy Manager
Meta
Denise Zheng
Managing Director, Metaverse Continuum Business Group & Global Lead for Responsible Metaverse
Accenture
Debbie Reynolds
XRSI Advisor | CEO and Chief Data Privacy Officer
XRSI | Debbie Reynolds Consulting LLC
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4:40 pm PST
December 15
30 minutes

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 new innovations has become confusing and uncertain for many. In this context, our technical ecosystem and lifecycle need to change.

Neil Trevett
Khronos Group President | VP Developer Ecosystems at NVIDIA
The Khronos Group and initial chair for Metaverse Standards Forum
Deb Prince
Program Manager
UL Standard & Engagement
Kavya Pearlman
Founder and CEO
XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)
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