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  • Metaverse Policy update
    This month’s big news was the publishing of two reports by the World Economic Forum. Metaverse Identity: Defining the Self in a Blended Realityand Navigating the Industrial Metaverse: A Blueprint for Future Innovations. In the EU, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre published its second report on Shaping the Next Generation of Virtual Worlds. It summarises a conference that shedded […]
  • Review of the 1st Symposium of the Metaverse Europe Foundation in Brussels
    A major milestone has been reached: Our 1st Metaverse Europe Foundation Symposium in Brussels began in the MeetDistrict with a motivating keynote speech by Axel Voss, MEP and spokesperson of the Legal Affairs Committee, and two powerful impulses from Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak, Head of Unit DG Connect, European Commission and Emmie Hine, University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di […]
  • Policy Corner
    It has been a busy start to 2024 for metaverse policy enthusiasts. In the European Parliament, MEPs approved reports from two Committees. The first report, by the Internal Market & Consumer Protection Committee, focused on interoperability, connectivity infrastructure, and accessibility and introduced the notion of “avatar rights.” The second report, by the Legal Affairs Committee, focused on international, civil, and […]
  • Review of our online symposium “Creating value on the way to the metaverse” in Paris
    On Friday 24 January, the second symposium of the Metaverse Europe Foundation in collaboration with France Immersive Learning took place in Paris at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. After a brief introduction by Oliver Autumn and Vanessa Pénélope, the discussion began with a focus on some current ethical issues. The workshop participants agreed to place the tension between […]
  • Review of the 2nd symposium on “Creating value on the way to the metaverse” in Potsdam
    On Tuesday 23 January 2024, the 2nd symposium on “Creating value on the way to the metaverse” took place in Potsdam (hybrid). In this think tank series, the Metaverse Europe Foundation, in cooperation with Mittelstand-Digital from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, is asking how digital #ethics can be lived hand in hand with ethical values in […]
  • How do you assess ethical issues in connection with connectivity, cloud computing and sustainability?
    Short interview with Daniela Theisinger, Managing Director Deutsche Telekom, Global Business Solutions Belgium NV/SA on the question: 👉 How do you assess ethical issues in connection with connectivity, cloud computing and sustainability? In order to bring the relevant ethical issues that interest us as a foundation to a wider audience, we have captured valuable views from experts we work with […]
  • Review of our online symposium “Metaverse and Artificial Intelligence in the Arts”
    Our first symposium on the topic of “Metaverse and artificial intelligence in the arts” took place on 11 January 2024. The exploratory meeting on the integration of the metaverse and artificial intelligence in the art world focussed on traditional art experiences, the interaction between artists and audiences in the metaverse, ethical aspects, effects on the art market and new opportunities […]
  • Digital ethics in the metaverse: Impulses for Ethical Guardrails.
    With an introduction by Timotheus Höttges, our supporting member Deutsche Telekom recently published a white paper in the field of digital ethics – “Digital Ethics in the Metaverse: Impulses for Ethical Guardrails.” The authors are Elmar Arunov, Research Lead Metaverse, Deutsche Telekom AG, and Maike Scholz, Squad Lead Digital Ethics, Deutsche Telekom AG. The telecoms industry plays a central role […]
  • Kick-Off Meeting Metaverse Think-Tanks in cooperation with the Mittelstand-Digital Zentren of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection
    Tuesday was the kick-off meeting of the #Metaverse Think-Tank – an initiative of the Mittelstand-Digital Zentren Deutschlandweit and the Foundation Metaverse Europe! Two discussion rounds were part of the four-hour meeting with stakeholders and experts from business and science. To start, the experts and representatives of SMEs present spoke about the potentials and areas of application of XR and AI […]
  • Foundation Metaverse Europe Meeting with Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament
    Last week we were in Brussels to place the efforts and goals we pursue with the Foundation Metaverse Europe on a European level. To further concretize this, we met Nicola Beer, Vice President in the European Parliament, among others. We talked to her in reference to the recently published initiative of the European Commission “Web.4.0 and virtual worlds”, about our […]
  • Europe takes a stand on #Web4.0 and #Metaverse
    On Wednesday, the European Commission presented the strategy for web4.0 and virtual worlds at a special high-level event. Roberto Viola, Director Geneal of DG CONNECT presso European Commission was a guest at the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport online. Afterwards there was the possibility to ask questions directly to Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak , Head of the Unit “Interactive Technologies, Digital […]
  • The fusion of reality and AI: The metaverse of the future.
    The hype around artificial intelligence is the top digitization topic this year with ChatGPT and Co. Artificial intelligence has the potential to perform many complex tasks more effectively and quickly than human workers, which can lead to higher productivity and efficiency. More and more companies and organizations are therefore trying to take advantage of this technology. Although artificial intelligence offers […]
  • Review of the Foundation Metaverse Europe Expert Roundtable on Web3, Crypto and Digital Ownership
    On 21.3.23, our Foundation Metaverse Europe expert panel on Web3, Crypto and Digital Ownership took place at the TÜV Nord Group Representative Office in Berlin. The occasion was to highlight the current developments on our core topic of digital ownership with leading experts from the field of Web3 and Blockchain and to derive the current recommendations for action. We started […]
  • How should the metaverse affect society? – Foundation Metaverse Europe founder on the digitalpacemaker podcast.
    In Vodafone’s new DigitalPacemaker episode, Foundation Metaverse Europe founder Maren Courage and Bundestag member Mario Brandenburg spoke with Ulrich Irnich, CIO at Vodafone Germany about how the Metaverse is expected to impact society. Episode #26 discusses the influences the Metaverse will have on our society. The guests will be Mario Brandenburg, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education […]
  • What will become of our shared reality in the metaverse?
    With the Foundation Metaverse Europe we started to ask questions and to think ourselves into a world in which Augmented Reality or the “Augmented Metaverse”, similar to the Internet today, will be part of our everyday life in the future. The next development step after the cell phone is definitely the cool smart MR glasses, which have already been announced […]
  • Review first foundation meeting 2023
    If we continue to discuss so well in top-class expert circles, we have a good feeling for a responsible society in the age of exponential technology growth. Cue metaverse, the tip of the iceberg in which so many of the highly exciting Technologies like XR, AI, 5/6G Blockchain will play along is not an issue we can push into the […]
  • Video recording: “Come with me to the Metaverse – How can we democratize Extended Digital Reality?”
    At the D³ – Germany, Digital, Democratic: Online Congress on Digital Democracy 2022, more than 1,000 participants discussed all aspects of digital democratic participation with over 100 experts over two days. On Day 2, Board Member Stiftung Zukunft Berlin Isabella Hermann joined Maren Courage, Executive Director Foundation Metaverse Europe and Sebastian Weise, Konrad Adenauer Foundation to discuss the topic “Come […]
  • Article in the Tagesspiegel about our 1st study “Democratic values according to European understanding in the metaverse”.
    While many are still not quite sure whether virtual worlds like the Metaverse will have much appeal at all, visions are already being developed for their suitability for democracy. Yesterday, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and Foundation Metaverse Europe presented an explorative study on this topic, in which they identify political options for action. … Read more
  • Our study “Democratic Values as Understood in Europe in the Metaverse”.
    This study was prepared by our Foundation Metaverse Europe in collaboration with Stiftung Zukunft. This exploratory study explores challenges and opportunities for democracy in the metaverse and presents areas for deeper work. Accordingly, democracy could be threatened in the future by the implementation of the vision of a centralized, private-sector metaverse in the three areas of fundamental rights, the public […]
  • How can we anchor European values in the metaverse?
    We’ve been hearing a lot, and regularly, about the accelerating development of the Metaverse in recent months. Everything that is brought to us here sounds very complex and it is not yet clear what exactly the Metaverse will look like. Let’s go back to 1709 for a moment. Back then, the speed of technological progress was much slower than it […]
  • Review of the Kick-off Event of the Foundation Metaverse Europe
    Top Kickoff Event of our Foundation Metaverse Europe on Monday at Pan Am Lounge – Berlin above the rooftops of the city. After a welcome speech by Oliver Autumn and Maren Courage, the founders of the non-profit foundation, it continued with great impulses from our talk guests: Iris Plöger Maike Scholz Tobias Eismann and Isabella Hermann around the #Metaverse and […]
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