Micaela Mantegna

Micaela Mantegna

Berkman Klein Center

Known as the “Abogamer”, Micaela Mantegna is a leading expert in the emerging field of video game policy, ethical AI, XR, and the governance of the Metaverse. An activist of gaming as an instrument of social change, she is a co-founder and board member of Women In Games Argentina (WIGAr), a non-profit working towards a more inclusive gaming industry; and a Women in Games International (WIGJ) Ambassador. She is an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, leading the Video Game Policy Group.

Her research covers:

  • gaming and digital rights
  • governance of virtual worlds and the Metaverse
  • NFTs and artificial scarcity
  • generative AI and copyright law
  • ethical implications of AI, gaming, and XR technologies
  • streaming as a negative area of intellectual property
  • content moderation in gaming environments
  • monetization practices
  • games industry regulatory challenges.

She holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property from San Andres University /WIPO, and a specialist degree in Computer Law from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) with a dissertation on ethical algorithmic governance. She is an affiliate professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation at Universidad de San Andres; the AI Governance and Ethics professor at the Center for Technology and Society (CETyS), and the recipient of the 2017 Google Policy Fellowship for her research on algorithmic governance. Due to her intersectional expertise on ethics, AI, Internet governance and innovation, she was invited by the Argentinian government to draft the chapter of AI ethics and regulation for Argentina’s national AI Plan. An experienced public speaker, she has lectured at international conferences such as More Than Just a Game, RightsCon, AI World Korea, Vancouver Biennale, Internet Freedom Festival or MozFest; as well as being a media correspondent at E3, The Game Awards, GDC and other industry-related events. In 2016 she founded Geekylegal, an outreach initiative on topics related to law and tech policy explained through the lenses of pop culture. In one full circle moment of her career as Abogamer, she was chosen to be the face of EA’s Mass Effect Community Tribute video worldwide, and a DEI speaker on the Xbox Series X/S launch event for Argentina. Her first book: “ARTficial Intelligence: computer creativity and copyright” is being published by CDyT, and she is currently finishing “I am not a Robot: AI for humans”.

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