Facebook owner Meta has joined Brazilian firms to create Metaverse Technology
Meta, the owner of Facebook, announced on Wednesday (18) a partnership with organizations in various countries to set standards of well-being and security for Metaverse, a type of digital universe that has received investment from the company. Four of the ten companies are from Brazil.
Meta’s deal with the companies includes a total investment of $50 million over two years, announced as early as 2021. According to the company, the goal 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 individuals 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 more”.
Here are the new partnerships funded by Meta and their projects, which will be run independently:
- ITS Rio (Rio Society Institute of Technology, Brazil): Create a team of experts to identify the opportunities and challenges of the metaverse in Latin America, particularly Brazil;
- IRIS-BH (Internet and Society Reference Institute, Brazil): Explore privacy and data protection in immersive technologies within the context of existing policy and governance frameworks;
- Safenet (Brazil): Organizing workshops and hackathons to discuss women and children’s safety in virtual and augmented reality experiences;
- IP.Rec (Law and Technology Research Institute of Recife, Brazil): Analyze Brazilian government policies applicable to virtual and augmented reality;
- C-Minds One 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 technological interoperability and inclusion;
- Future Jobs (US): examine how augmented and virtual reality can help small and medium-sized businesses, with a focus on preparing the American workforce;
- Chuo University (Japan): research on improving foreign language teaching and learning;
- Rocket Project (Australia): Explore youth perspectives on virtual and augmented reality, as well as the need to create safe virtual communities;
- Australian National University (Australia): Will examine the structure of the metaverse by considering the interplay of technological, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental elements.
In addition to the new partners, Meta already has six other partnerships to build the Metaverse. They include the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital (USA), the company Everfy and researcher Louise Bernstein, who will focus on literacy content in Metaverse.
Meta has also entered into an agreement with Colorintech (UK), a company that will run the equity action in Metaverse; Alte National Gallery (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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