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Online safety rows, NFT boom and metaverse scepticism: What tech will look like in 2022 – iNews

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After the pandemic prompted us to spend more time online than ever before, 2022 will be focused on the consequences of our increasingly digitised lives.
The past 12 months have demonstrated how Big Tech can’t be trusted to protect its young and vulnerable users after a series of damning reports from the Wall St Journal laid bare the extent of research Facebook had conducted into the negative effects its photo-sharing app Instagram had on teenage mental health and body image – particularly on teenage girls.
While the global backlash caused Instagram to “pause” work on a new version of its platform specifically designed for children under 13 back in September, it’s possible the company will attempt to resurrect the project within the next year following consultation with parents and child safety experts.
Safeguarding children underpins the Online Safety Bill – the Government’s attempt to hold internet companies responsible for what’s happening on their platforms in the form of the world’s first online safety laws.
The bill is due to appear before Parliament for approval in 2022 following much scrutiny and political squabbling over what it should and shouldn’t cover and how effectively regulator Ofcom will be able to bring some of the world’s most powerful companies to heel.
This is particularly pertinent following the outpouring of vile racism aimed at English footballers following their Euros final defeat in July and the ongoing rows between MPs and privacy campaigners over online anonymity.
Increased amounts of time spent online over the past few years have also accelerated and helped to normalise outlandish tech concepts. After artist Beeple entered the history books by selling digital artwork Everydays — The First 5000 Days for a record-breaking $69m in March, NFT (non-fungible token) mania looks set to continue its inexorable rise into 2022 after auction house Sotheby’s celebrated a record-breaking year of sales – though a bitcoin-style hype crash also appears imminent.
Similarly, Facebook’s rebranding as Meta in a bid to drag the theoretical metaverse (a network of digital spaces) into the mainstream will have us all spending even more time online over the next year if Mark Zuckerberg gets his way. But it’ll be gaming giants and musicians that will persuade us to slip on virtual reality headsets for entertainment and socialising, rather than Zuckerberg’s promise that it will revolutionise the future of work. Because despite the tech industry’s best efforts, there will be just as many reasons in 2022 to log off as there are to stay plugged in.
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Facebook parent Meta launches startup accelerator with India’s IT ministry in metaverse push – TechCrunch

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Meta Platforms is looking at India’s burgeoning startup ecosystem as it bolsters its bet on the metaverse. The social juggernaut has partnered with the Indian IT Ministry’s startup hub to launch an accelerator in the country to broaden innovation in emerging technologies, including augmented reality and virtual reality, officials said Tuesday.
MeitY Startup Hub and Meta’s effort, called XR Startup Program, will work with 40 early-stage startups and help them in research and development and developing workable products and services. Each startup will also receive a grant of over $25,000, the American giant said.
The program, supported by Meta’s $50 million XR Programs and Research Fund, will initially hand pick 80 startups to attend a bootcamp. It will also help startups with finding customers, inking relationships and raising funds, Meta said.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said the program is especially aimed at helping encourage technology innovation in smaller cities and towns.
The XR Startup Program is the latest of Meta’s growing participation in the South Asian market’s upskilling efforts. The firm, whose Facebook and WhatsApp services identify India as their largest market by users, partnered with Central Board of Secondary Education, a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in the country, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators in the country.
The program — to be implemented by four Indian institutions, including IIT Delhi — will also host a “grand challenge” for innovation in categories including education, healthcare, entertainment, agritech, climate action, sustainability and tourism, the American giant said.
“India will play a pivotal role in defining future technologies. Decisions and investments made here in India now shape global discussions on how technology can deliver more economic opportunity and better outcomes for people. It is critical that we help to create an ecosystem that will enable India’s tech startups and innovators to build the foundations of the metaverse,” said Joel Kaplan, VP of Global Policy at Meta, in a statement.
Meta’s interest with working with startups in India is also not newly found. The company has backed three startups in the country, including social commerce platform Meesho and online education group Unacademy.
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“India’s rapid tech adoption combined with a vast pool of tech talent puts the country in a vantage position for shaping the future of the internet,” said Ajit Mohan, VP and MD of Facebook India, in a statement.
“For this future to be equitable, it will require active participation from all stakeholders, including developers, businesses, creators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. We are excited to collaborate with MeitY Startup Hub and hope that the XR Startup Program will act as a catalyst to unlock the use of immersive technology across sectors like education, healthcare, agritech and tourism, not only in India but across the globe.”

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