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Events | December 10, 2022
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Human Rights in the Metaverse — Day 1 of Metaverse Safety Week 2022

Saturday, December 10, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 5:20 a.m. ET


Metaverse Safety Week (MSW) 2022 takes place December 10-15, 2022. MSW serves as the annual international awareness campaign for bringing the world together to delve into the challenges posed by the Metaverse and how best to safeguard it. The campaign features industry leaders from across the globe and is held in an “exclusively created Virtual World.”

On day one of the week-long conference, Warner partner Brian Wassom will speak on the panel “Demystifying the metaverse: What is the Metaverse, and why does it matter? What should we know today for a better tomorrow?” There is a lack of consensus surrounding the baseline understanding of what risks and opportunities the Metaverse brings along with it; this panel will serve to create a common understanding across a multidisciplinary audience.


9:30 a.m.        

Opening Keynote: Re-defining Human Rights for the Metaverse

10:05 a.m.      

Demystifying the metaverse: What is the metaverse, and why does it matter? What should we know today for a better tomorrow?

Tom Ffiske, The Immersive Wire

Brian Wassom, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Courtney Cogburn, Columbia University

Noble Ackerson, CyberXR Coalition

11:10 a.m.      

Immersive Marketing in the Metaverse Age: challenges and opportunities in leveraging experiential technologies for a positive social outcome

Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC

11:45 a.m.      

Data, Surveillance, and Interconnected Virtual Worlds

Albert Fox Cahn, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P)

Gayan Peiris, UNDP’

Stéphane Duguin, CyberPeace Institute

Kaliya Young, Identity Woman

1:15 p.m.       

Accessibility & Inclusion: Is the Metaverse going to increase the digital divide?

Sam Ng, UNDP

1:50 p.m.       

Do we need a new framework for human rights in the Metaverse?

Obed Sindy, Académie ACE

Agustina Ordoñez, Yale University

Janaé McPhaul

3:05 p.m.       

Intersections of BCI, AI and XR in creating convergence of virtual and physical worlds.

David Warden Sime, Riiot Digital Ltd.

Allan McCay, University of Sydney

Divya Chander, Singularity University

4:10 p.m.       

Are we ready for the brave new worlds with human & society in the loop?

Peter Price, Crime Stoppers

4:50 p.m.       

Day 1 Closing Keynote

Lorraine Finley, Australian Human Rights Commission