Meta Invests $2.5 Million to Support Independent Academic Research in France and Europe to Investigate Opportunities and Challenges in the Metaverse | About Meta

  • Meta supports independent academic research across Europe, including in France.
  • Academics and specialists from seven European countries, including France, will study how metaverse technologies interact with privacy, security, inclusion and the future of work.
  • In France, Meta will support two research programs led by the Governance and Regulation Chair at Paris Dauphine University and by the Renaissance Numérique think tank.

Meta today announces an investment of $2.5 million to support independent academic research across Europe to study the challenges and opportunities of the metaverse. Through the XR Research and Programs Fund* (extended reality), scholars and specialists from seven European countries will examine how metaverse technologies interact with privacy, security, inclusion and the future of work.

In France, Meta will support two independent research projects carried out by the Governance and Regulation Chair of Paris Dauphine University | PSL and by the think tank Digital Renaissance :

  • Researchers from the Governance and Regulation Chair at Paris Dauphine University | PSL will identify and study the economic and societal challenges of the metaverse and their consequences in terms of regulatory framework and governance.
  • Renaissance Numérique will organize a series of workshops with European and international experts to discuss both the opportunities offered by the emergence of the metaverse in a user-centric approach, and the potential societal, economic and legal challenges of its adoption in large scale.

For Eric Brousseau, Professor of Economics and Management, Scientific Director of the Governance and Regulation ChairThe European Union is currently developing a set of laws to protect its democratic values ​​and fundamental rights in the digital space. Through an in-depth analysis of the challenges raised by the metaverse in terms of identity and privacy, property rights, individual and collective security, openness and competition, we intend to highlight the potentially necessary amendments of the European framework as well as the initiatives to be taken in terms of governance by the actors involved in the development of the metaverse.”

For Nicolas Vanbremeersch, President of Renaissance Numérique, “With the Metaverse Dialogues, Renaissance Numérique intends to deconstruct the myths that surround the development of the metaverse and anticipate today the economic, legal and societal issues it raises. With the support of Meta and through an international, multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach with the active collaboration of academics, experts and representatives of civil society, this independent initiative will contribute to nourishing the public debate around the metaverse, while ensuring that the point of view of the users is placed at the heart of the discussions.”

The metaverse has the potential to transform the way people connect and businesses grow, and it will lead to social experiences that are closer than anything available today. But the technologies that make the metaverse possible will need to be inclusive, and users will need to feel safe to want to use them. Since no company will own and operate the metaverse, it will require collaboration and cooperation.

According Anton Maria Battesti, Public Affairs Director of Meta France, “The metaverse is not a single product, it will be built by a whole series of companies, large and small, by civil society and by millions of creators. This is why such partnerships with experts from the Governance and Regulation Chair of Paris Dauphine University and Renaissance Numérique, who study these important questions about how these new technologies are built while they are still at an early stage. very early, are of crucial importance. We want to ensure that enthusiasm for the metaverse and its potential is matched by rigorous attention to developing it in a collaborative and responsible way.”

In addition to collaborating with the Governance and Regulation Chair of Paris Dauphine University and the Renaissance Numérique think tank in France, Meta supports the research of the following European academics and institutions as part of this program:

  • Professor Dr. Matthias Quent of theMagdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Germany) will examine how democratic culture might work in immersive environments and investigate the civil design of social spaces.
  • L’Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) will study the economic impact and social value of the metaverse for individuals and societies, using Italy and its economy as a case study.
  • L’Poznan University of Technology (Poland) will focus on the development of augmented reality and other technologies that can improve the quality of life of people at risk of social exclusion due to their age, health or family situation.
  • RISE (Sweden) will work on two topics related to the metaverse. The institute will focus on the global computing and communications infrastructure that powers the metaverse in the context of sustainability and resource-efficient technology solutions. It will also study the main needs necessary for the adoption by Sweden of a national program of immersive education.
  • L’University of Alicante (Spain) will create an Academic Chair on the Legal and Ethical Aspects of Metaverse to assess whether the current legal framework guarantees adequate protection and support for people in the development of their economic activities.
  • L’Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (Netherlands) will focus on the future of work. This research will be led by Dr. Omar Aziz Niamut and Dr. Sylvie Dijkstra-Soudarissanane, who will assess whether emerging technologies like social augmented reality reduce the downsides of remote working. The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research is an independent research organization whose goal is to develop innovative solutions that enhance the competitiveness of industry and the well-being of society.
  • We will be partnering with virtual reality researcher Mel Slater, who will facilitate the sharing of ideas between these Meta-supported organizations to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue on metaverse in Europe.

The XR Research and Programs Fund supports international external programs and research on responsible construction of the metaverse. Through this fund, Meta works with industry partners, civil rights groups, governments, nonprofits, and academic institutions to help identify risks and opportunities in the metaverse. Its current European partners include, among others, Women In Immersive Tech that supports women and underrepresented groups in the augmented reality and mixed reality industries, and The Youth Bureau which aims to make the voice of young people heard in the development of the metaverse.

*“XR Programs and Research Fund” in English

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About the Governance and Regulation Chair at Paris Dauphine University:

The Governance and Regulation Chair of Paris Dauphine University | PSL is a platform bringing together academics, industry experts and public decision-makers to explore the economic, technical, organizational and institutional challenges faced by the various players involved in the governance of markets and industries. It develops academic research, training programs and promotes dialogue between stakeholders to inform public decision-making, industrial strategies and citizens.

About Digital Renaissance:

Renaissance Numérique is an independent think tank dedicated to the digital transformation of society. It sheds light on the changes that this transformation entails and works to give everyone the keys to their mastery. To carry out this mission, Renaissance Numérique proposes to be a place of debate, of positive confrontation of ideas and expertise. It brings together academics, leading experts, NGOs, companies, which reflect the great diversity of actors and points of view in the digital sector. Its reflections, widely shared and disseminated through written contributions, publications or events, are brought to the attention of public and private actors at French, European and international levels. Renaissance Numérique is a member of the Hate Observatory piloted by Arcom – the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority – and of the organizing committee of the French chapter of the Internet Governance Forum (FGI).

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