Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Juan Londoño is a policy analyst focusing on augmented and virtual reality at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Prior to joining ITIF, Juan worked as a tech & innovation policy analyst at the American Action Forum, where his research focused on antitrust, content moderation, AR/VR, and the gaming economy. Juan holds an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University and a B.A. in Government & International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Recent Events and Presentations
AR/VR Policy Conference
Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the second annual AR/VR Policy Conference.
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.