Facebook Owner Meta Joins Brazilian Organizations to Create Metaverse | Technology

Facebook Owner Meta Joins Brazilian Organizations to Create Metaverse | Technology



Meta, owner of Facebook, announced on Wednesday (18) partnerships with organizations in different countries to define well-being and safety standards for the metaverse, a sort of digital universe that has received investments from the company. Of the ten entities, four are from Brazil.

Meta’s agreements with the organizations include a total investment of $ 50 million over two years, announced as early as 2021. According to the company, the goal is to promote external projects and research that contribute to the responsible construction of the metaverse. .

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“The Metaverse is a series of virtual spaces that can be created and explored by people who are not in the same physical space,” explains Meta. “In them it is possible to be with friends, work, play, learn, buy, create and much more”.

Here are the new partnerships financed by Meta and their projects, which will be managed independently:

  • ITS Rio (Rio Society Institute of Technology, Brazil): create a group of experts to identify the opportunities and challenges of the metaverse in Latin America, particularly in Brazil;
  • IRIS-BH (Institute of reference for the Internet and society, Brazil): explore privacy and data protection in immersive technologies in the context of existing policies and governance structures;
  • Safenet (Brazil): organize workshops and hackathons to discuss the safety of women and children in virtual and augmented reality experiences;
  • IP.Rec (Recife Law and Technology Research Institute, Brazil): analyze the Brazilian government policies applicable to virtual and augmented reality;
  • C-Minds Eon Resilience Lab (Mexico): research on economic opportunities, privacy and security, gender and governance in the metaverse;
  • Universidad de San Andres Foundation (Argentina): identify ethical opportunities and challenges in the metaverse, focusing on legal and regulatory approaches, interoperability and social and technical inclusion;
  • Jobs of the future (United States): examine how augmented and virtual reality can help small and medium-sized businesses, with a particular focus on preparing the American workforce;
  • Chuo University (Japan): research on improving the teaching and learning of foreign languages;
  • Rockit Project (Australia): explore young people’s perspectives on virtual and augmented reality, as well as the requirements for creating safer virtual communities;
  • National University of Australia (Australia): will examine the structure of the metaverse, taking into account the interaction of technical, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental elements.

In addition to the new partners, Meta already has six other partnerships to build the metaverse. These include the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital (USA), the Everfi organization, and researcher Lewis Bernstein, who will focus on literacy content in the metaverse.

Meta also has agreements with Colorintech (UK), an organization that will carry out equity actions in the metaverse; the Alte Nationalgalerie (Germany), which will promote art in the virtual world; and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (Israel), which will work to create opportunities for economic and social impact in the metaverse.

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