Harassment has been a consistent feature of networked gaming for at least 30 years, and the potential for damage has only increased with the popularity of social virtual worlds in VR. Beginning in 2016, stories of verbal and physical harassment in Social VR have periodically entered the news cycle, casting the VR platforms as negligent and instigating calls for ever more solutions. These solutions have ranged from user-controlled wearables or features connected to avatars to direct platform moderation, as well as finally community driven efforts.
However, implementing tools to combat abuse requires a balancing act on multiple fronts:
- protecting users from abuse through facilitating meaningful UX design to support social experience;
- keeping social platforms active in moderation and subjecting users to mass surveillance;
- attracting new users by making social VR appealing and warning them about the potential dangers.
Extended reality is going mainstream in Africa, benefiting more industries and sectors, including arts, culture and tourism, digital education, entertainment and healthcare services on the continent.
Join this presentation showing how Extended Reality (XR) supports many excellent small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing high-quality immersive experiences powered by software and hardware.
Discover unique use cases and adoption of XR in education, heritage digitization, media and marketing experiences across key regions in Africa and the prospects of the technology in building an inclusive Metaverse for the future.
The next generation of the Internet should be built by a more diverse set of founders than the last. DVRSTY exists to help accelerate those founders in creating ambitious new companies within the Metaverse and Web3. We do this primarily by connecting them with capital, network and talent.
Join this panel specifically curated to encourage female founders and answer questions that might be unique to this demographic - or those who want to support their success.
How to create an impact by producing media content from war and conflict areas using virtual and augmented reality.
How Frontline in Focus XR uses 360° video to transport journalists from around the world to war zones and other hard-to-reach settings to help them report stories and conduct interviews. Our team of local journalists assists with work along the way.
Learn how and why journalists should produce stories using VR and AR.
VR is not an empathy machine, it’s a conversation engine.
When it comes to issues of race, VR is not about trying to fix a problem or relive trauma, it’s about creating a safe space for everyone to practise self-discovery and talking about challenging subjects with others.
“Let’s Talk About Race” is a series of three VR training modules on microaggressions, bias and privilege developed by George Brown College (Toronto, Canada) in collaboration with London-based soft skills VR provider Bodyswaps.
In this talk, GBC’s Project Leader Michael Avis is joined by Bodyswaps’ CEO Christophe Mallet to discuss what they’ve learned about educator/technologist collaboration, the do’s and don’ts of trying to scale VR deployment in large education institutions, and dig into some of the results they gathered from 2000+ learners.