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Paris 23 March 2023
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Risks and opportunities of the Metaverse evaluated in Paris by the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media

On Thursday, 23 March 2023, Patrick Penninckx, head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, addressed the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media in Paris, presenting the Metaverse's impact on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, examples of potential benefits and legal challenges inherently tied to the novice character of the Metaverse. Participants further exchanged on these challenges and potential responses.

In October 2022, the Parliamentary Assembly appointed Andi Lucian Cristea (Romania, SOC) as rapporteur on the issue of "Risks and opportunities of the Metaverse". The PACE report will analyse the issues at stake, including the role that the Council of Europe could play in the Metaverse, review existing systems and standards both in its design and use, and provide recommendations to member States on how to ensure the protection and promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, including via this new and potentially revolutionary technology.

The Council of Europe is also preparing a report on the "Challenges of Immersive Realities" in cooperation with IEEE, one of the world's largest technical professional organisation gathering communities and experts of engineering, computing and technology information.


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This annual review, based on the findings of Council of Europe bodies and monitoring mechanisms, is focussed on legal guarantees for freedom of expression, safeguards for the safety of journalists and others who speak up, independent and pluralistic media environment and reliability and trust of information.

Freedom of expression

“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

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