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Future Realities Summit: Building Better Digital Ethics and Laws: Meatspace meets Metaverse

Ryan Black  (Partner; Chair, EGVC, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP)

Gaetano Dimita  (Senior Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University, QMUL School of Law)

Micaela Mantegna  (Affiliate, Video Game Policy Research, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University)

Location: Room 209, South Hall

Date: Monday, March 20

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: VR/AR

Format: Panel

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

The metaverse is not "new," but there is no denying it's increasingly becoming a focal point of the game industry. Owing in large part to rapidly developing technology and connectivity, it is apparent that it will not only be feasible but likely that humanity will live, at least part-time, in a hyper-connected, digital world—if we don't already. But legal and ethical foundations have developed over the millennia in hyper-segmented meatspaces; with very different laws, rights, obligations and systems emerging throughout the world.

Right now, every website visited, game played, and service provided subjects users to multiple, discrete, and often contradictory T&C's, privacy policies, acceptable use agreements, jurisdictional laws, and a host of other frameworks. How will the metaverse overcome all this, and what will it take to make sure there is an equitable, fair, safe, consistent, and workable digital reality?


Attendees will learn the many legal and ethical issues that lawyers, policymakers, and governments will be grappling with as the metaverse as a reality, as well as concrete steps that metaverse enthusiasts, builders, and maybe even regulators can take to ensure we have the metaverse we want.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone interested in law, policy, equity, diversity, and digital realities as they plan their digital futures.