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 Wednesday (18) partnerships with organizations in various countries to define standards of well-being and security for the metaverse, a kind of digital universe that has received investment from the company. Of the ten units, four are from Brazil.

Meta’s agreements with organizations include a total investment of $50 million over two years, which was announced as early as 2021. The goal, according to the company, 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 funded 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, especially in Brazil;
  • IRIS-BH (Internet and Society Reference Institute, Brazil): explore privacy and data protection in immersive technologies within the framework 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 (Research Institute of Law and Technology in Recife, Brazil): analyze Brazilian government policies applicable to virtual and augmented reality;
  • C-Minds Eon Resilience Lab (Mexico): research on economic opportunity, privacy and security, gender and governance in the metaverse;
  • Universidad de San Andres Foundation (Argentina): identify opportunities and ethical challenges in the metaverse, focusing on legal and regulatory approaches, social and technical interoperability and inclusion;
  • Jobs of the future (USA): explore how augmented and virtual reality can help small and medium-sized businesses focused on preparing the U.S. workforce;
  • Chuo University (Japan): research into the improvement of foreign language teaching and learning;
  • Rockit Project (Australia): explore young people’s perspectives on virtual and augmented reality, as well as demands to create safer virtual communities;
  • Australian National University (Australia): will examine the structure of the metaverse, taking into account the interplay between technical, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental elements.

In addition to the new partners, Meta already has six other partnerships to build the metaverse. Among them are the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital (USA), the organization Everfi 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 stock promotions in the metaverse; 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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