#1089: IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Extended Reality: Trolling, Harassment, and Online Safety

The IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Extended Reality has published the first eight white papers investigating different ethical aspects of virtual and augmented reality. This has been a collaboration with dozens of XR industry professionals who have been participating in helping to better define the open ethical challenges and moral dilemmas within the XR landscape across many different contextual domains. I have been helping to lead this effort as an executive committee member since it started in July 2020 as well as helping to kick start the white paper initiative. Now that the first batch of white papers have been published, I will be featuring interviews with the primary authors and contributors on the Voices of VR podcast in an 8-part series spanning more than 11 hours.

Here is the listing of XR Ethics paper PDFs and podcast interviews links for the first eight White papers, and I will add in the podcast links as I continue to publish this series.

My first interview is with Michelle Cortese, social VR Design Operations Lead at Meta, and Jessica Outlaw, Behavioral Researcher who has done some pioneering social science research in social VR showing the extent of online harassment. We talk about the challenges of real-time harassment in trolling in social VR, as well Cortese & Zeller’s insight to adapt Hall’s proxemics framework to help understand the technological layers and design principles for different social distances of intimate, personal, social, and public.



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