Promoting Democracy in the Metaverse

Augmented realities, more intense experiences through immersion, merging of the physical and virtual world, real-time digital presence through avatars, decentralization and the vision of the metaverse characterize current developments on the way to the next stage of digitalization. This is accompanied by new opportunities and risks for society and democratic culture, which should already be considered in the development of immersive environments so that the vision does not become a dystopia. 

The Immersive Democracy Project explores new insights and opens spaces for transdisciplinary debates on the following questions, among others: How can the metaverse be designed to be inclusive and open? How can immersive technologies contribute to strengthening democracy? What measures can be taken to counter the instrumentalization for hate, radicalization, and polarization? In this way, we can contribute to developing a better internet.

The Project Immersive Democracy is Part of the European Metaverse Research Network

Events

June 1, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:30 CEST | online

Hate Speech in the Metaverse

The event will explore the impact of bias and hate speech in extended reality (XR) platforms and discuss ways of prevention.

June 15, 2023 | 10:00 – 13:00 MESZ | online

Democracy in the Metaverse: Insights from VR Gaming and Social VR

Presentation & discussion of two new studies by the Immersive Democracy Project.

August 22, 2023 | 10:00 – 15:00 MESZ | Akademie der Polizei Hamburg

Save the date: In the shoes of others

Using virtual reality to change perspectives and promote empathy in order to better understand those affected by hate crime

About the Project

The Immersive Democracy project is part of the European Metaverse research network with locations in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Sweden and France.

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