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As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy. In the area of AR/VR, ITIF researches how immersive technologies can transform the ways people communicate, work, and learn.


The Case for Immersive Tech in Apprenticeship Programs

The Case for Immersive Tech in Apprenticeship Programs

Immersive technologies have already proved to be useful in supplementing classroom education and on-the-job training. Those successes underscore how implementing the technology can bolster the effectiveness of apprenticeship programs in the United States.

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November 30, 2023|Events

AR/VR in Classrooms: The Roadmap to Widespread Adoption

Join ITIF for a panel discussion with policymakers and educators on how to rollout immersive technology in classrooms in ways that are efficient, safe, and inclusive.

November 9, 2023|Blogs

The United States Is Already Playing Catch Up With Digital Twins

Planning and developing digital twins is a time-consuming process. While the U.S. government is only beginning to notice the potential benefits of using this tech, other countries have comprehensive adoption plans, with some of them already deploying tangible results.

October 18, 2023|Blogs

The Response to Unity's Engine Monetization Changes Is a Lesson About Metaverse Competition

Regulators should view the response to Unity's engine monetization changes as a cautionary tale: Today’s market leaders are still responsive to market forces, and if they ignore their customers’ demands, they may not hold the same position in the future.

September 21, 2023|Presentations

2023 Florida Tech & Innovation Summit

Juan Londoño speaks about how artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality are fundamentally changing the way humans interact with technology and one another at a conference hosted by the James Madison Institute.

September 14, 2023|Events

AR/VR Policy Conference 2023

Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the third annual AR/VR Policy Conference. The event will feature a series of expert talks and panels discussing critical policy questions covering:

August 8, 2023|Blogs

Alarmism Should Not Be the Guiding Principle Behind Metaverse Public Policy

Former FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler recently called for proactively regulating the metaverse. But the regulatory interventions he proposed would do more harm than good.

August 7, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Developing an R&D Strategy to Integrate Immersive Learning Into the Classroom

Introducing immersive technologies into classrooms has the potential to make the U.S. education system more effective. But before these technologies are deployed in schools, the federal government should increase R&D investments in key areas that need further research.

July 20, 2023|Blogs

The EU’s Vision for a Robust Immersive Tech Sector is Irreconcilable With Its Regulations of Internet Services

The EU's strategy for Web 4.0 and virtual worlds has a laudable goal of fostering a supportive business environment to position the region as a hub for technological innovation. However, this objective is largely incompatible with the EU’s current regulations for Internet services.

June 21, 2023|Blogs

Policymakers Should Address Barriers That Could Hold Back the Economic Potential of Immersive Technologies

Concerns over privacy and technical, logistical, and regulatory barriers to adoption as well as the lack of updated standards for immersive driving tools could hinder the economic potential of immersive technologies and introduce new safety risks. Policymakers should address these issues to ensure the projected benefits of immersive tech materialize.

May 1, 2023|Blogs

Meta’s Teen Safety Features in Horizon Worlds Exemplify the Rapidly Changing Environment of the Metaverse

The recent slate of changes in Horizon Worlds' safety practices and standards is a great example of how metaverse platforms are constantly evolving to adapt to users’ needs and demands. Policymakers should wait before intervening in a nascent industry like the metaverse.

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