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XRA, ITIF to Host Second AR/VR Policy Conference

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has teamed up with the XR Association (XRA) to host its second Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Policy Conference on 14 September.

Numerous panel discussions, expert round tables, and Q&A sessions will take place at the event across categories such as privacy and safety, intellectual property (IP) rights, antitrust laws, interoperability and standards, 5G, cybersecurity, the creator economy and jobs upskilling, and many others.

The conference will explore the rise of immersive technologies across verticals such as healthcare, manufacturing, education, security, and others regarding how best practices and policymaking at the legislative and organisational level will reshape society and the global economy.

Some of the speakers attending the event include a massive roster of experts, including,

  • US Rep Darrell Issa [R-CA], Co-Chair of the House Reality Caucus
  • Kristina Francis, Executive Director for JFFLabs
  • Cathy Hackl, CEO and Chief Metaverse Officer for the Futures Intelligence Group
  • Dylan Gilbert, Privacy Policy Advisor for NIST
  • Liz Hyman, Chief Executive Officer for the XR Association
  • Christina Jackson, Public Policy Manager, for Meta Platforms
  • Aaron Kleiner, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Unity Technologies
  • Kayleigh Nauman, IP AttachĂ© for the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
  • Juan Londoño, Policy Analyst for the ITIF
  • Karim Mohammadali, Senior Analyst, Government Affairs and Public Policy for Google

As additional questions arise on the advent of web3 and the Metaverse, the spatial communications platform set to replace the internet, global policymakers are now tasked with developing best practices to direct its development, implementation, and protection.

Organisations such as the ITIF and XRA have stepped up their efforts to lead the charge in tackling such challenges, with the former focusing on innovation and public policy to facilitate global growth and progress, and the latter representing over 30 top global tech firms to build best practices and tech ecosystems across the market worldwide.

XRA and the CHIPS Act

The news comes nearly a month after the Biden Administration signed off on the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America (CHIPS) Act, which aims to support the US semiconductor industry amid the ongoing global shortage sparked by the COVID-19 crisis and trade war.

The Act, valued at $52 billion USD, will also offer extended reality (XR) firms access to $250 billion in research funding, creating the first such bill to include immersive technologies for the US.

Joan O’Hara, XRA Vice President of Public Policy lauded the bill, adding XR was a “critical part” of the emerging tech ecosystem and offered “immense potential” to address several global challenges.

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