Government encourages metaverse in France – Retail Strategy > Retail

Rima Abdul-Malak, Minister of Culture, and Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications communicate the exploratory report on the development of the metaverse. This mission was commissioned in February and carried out by Camille François, a researcher at Columbia University.

A first committee

The mission strives to provide keys to understanding to clarify the debate and seize emerging opportunities. So the government wants to understand the risks posed by the metaverse and bring together French players on a common horizon. To carry out this study, more than 80 personalities are consulted: entrepreneurs specializing in virtual reality and blockchain, cultural actors, artists, video game professionals, researchers in social sciences, artificial intelligence and computer science..

“This report of the exploratory mission on metaverses covers all the issues related to the development of these new digital spaces and shows to what extent creators are called to play a leading role in defining their full potential, commented Rima Abdul-Malak, Minister of Culture. The Ministry of Culture will rely on these recommendations to support these new uses and implement an ambitious strategy to support the creation, modification and dissemination of works in these digital spaces.“.

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A dozen suggestions

“The metaverses will be decisive for the future of digital and the Web3, where France must play a leading role at the global level by relying on knowledge, global industrial leaders and an exemplary entrepreneurial spirit“, commented Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Telecommunications.

Thus, the government report mentions some actions such as usurping the opportunity of the metaverse that regain leading positions in global digital services, in France and in Europe. It also aims to launch the work of adapting European texts (RGDP, Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act) to the challenges of the metaverse. Going forward, the government wants to examine metaverse value chains to guide areas of strategic investment and limit the risks of loss of sovereignty or value leakage. On the occasion of the 2024 Olympics, the Ministries of Culture and Digital Transition want to bring together French metaverse actors in various cultural projects and the enhancement of territory and heritage.

The organization of the 2024 Olympics in Paris will bring together French metaverse specialists

The government hopes to release various services that allow the arrival of a plurality of metaverses. He also wishes meet the objectives of cultural and technological sovereignty by supporting both French technological structures and cultural institutions. Another lever for action is the reinvestment in bodies for the negotiation of technical standards, to ensure that France and its players take part in discussions on immersion technologies. This mission report also announces supporting interdisciplinary research initiatives to simultaneously develop experimental metaverses guided by societal needs (culture, health, education, environment) and the method of analyzing socio-technical risks through empirical studies.

The government plans to create a computer research laboratory dedicated to immersive arts.

The creation of a research and coordination institution, in the model of Ircam (music acoustic research and coordination institute) is one of the projects. It will be both a computer research laboratory dedicated to immersive arts, a place of coordination between researchers and artists for the creation of innovative immersive works in the metaverse, in addition to building an expertise counter for all cultural institutions. Finally, following this report, the government aims to explore environmentally responsible solutions and develop a system for measuring the environmental impact of metaverse infrastructures.

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