Introduction to the regulation of the Metaverse

Online symposium on 12.10.2023 / 10 a.m. (CET)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann (Institute for Theory and Future of Law, University of Innsbruck; Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute, Hamburg; Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin)

The metaverse is phenomenologically diverse, technically complex, and economically endowed with a lot of potential. It is also socially challenging and legally still barely constituted. People shop, learn, and play there, and content is created and norms are relevant. We express opinions, interact, and conflict with others when we are active in the metaverse. Norms in the metaverse, like norms in general, solve distribution problems, coordination problems, and cooperation problems, and they have a shaping, pacifying, and balancing function. But who sets the rules for governing the metaverse and governing in the metaverse? Key challenges of regulating the metaverse as a virtual, immersive, and interactive concept of space created by the merging of the physical and digital worlds are in the areas of data protection and privacy, security, content governance, and interoperability and openness. This presentation will introduce the status quo, challenges, and perspectives of regulation.

The event will be held in English.

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