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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.

September 14, 2022

AR/VR Policy Conference

Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the second annual AR/VR Policy Conference.

July 19, 2022

Insights from Social Media for Safety in the Metaverse

Join ITIF for a discussion about user safety in social XR, including upcoming challenges and how to protect children and teenagers on these platforms.

June 30, 2022

The Potential of AR/VR Technology to Promote Tourism

By promoting the creation of AR/VR-ready content, tourism offices and related organizations can both encourage tourism to their destinations and find new revenue streams that can help conserve vital infrastructure, such as national parks.

June 17, 2022

How Extended Reality Tools Can Improve Training for First Responders

The immersive nature of these technologies allows for a learn-by-doing approach to education, which can be particularly helpful for those professions which require individuals to be able to make quick judgment calls, where the difference between life and death is decided in a matter of seconds. Adopting XR-based training programs for first responders could provide them with safer, higher-quality training at a lower cost while driving up investment and innovation in the XR market.

April 28, 2022

Lessons from Social Media for Creating a Safe Metaverse

While scrutiny of metaverse platforms is essential to ensure a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment, policymakers should be cautious of rushing to regulate the metaverse, such as by eroding intermediary liability protections or restricting the use of “algorithms” because allowing platforms the freedom to experiment and innovate will best position them to address new challenges.

March 17, 2022

The Erosion of Intermediary Liability Protections Can End the Metaverse Before It Even Starts

Platforms will have to deal with two difficult questions when moderating content. First, what is the right balance between user safety and user privacy? Second, what is the right balance between accuracy and speed in content removal?

March 3, 2022

Animosity Towards “Big Tech” Should Not Drive Regulators to Hamper the Nascent VR Market

The VR market is a relatively young market with rapidly changing conditions and multiple competitors trying to establish their name.

February 28, 2022

Content Moderation in Multi-User Immersive Experiences: AR/VR and the Future of Online Speech

Multi-user immersive experiences (MUIEs)—three-dimensional, digitally rendered environments where multiple users can interact with other people and virtual objects in real time—present new content-moderation challenges. Policymakers should work with those developing MUIEs to balance user safety, privacy, and free expression.

November 15, 2021

Public Policy for the Metaverse: Key Takeaways from the 2021 AR/VR Policy Conference

AR/VR technologies have transformative potential in everything from entertainment and communication to workforce development and education. But they also raise unique considerations on issues that policymakers are grappling with in relation to other technologies, such as privacy, safety, security, and equity.

October 21, 2021

The Augmented and Virtual Reality Policy Conference

Through a series of expert talks and panels, this half-day conference organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the XR Association explored the role of policy in AR/VR innovation and identified priority areas for policymakers to consider as these technologies continue to expand.

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