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How Should Government Regulate the Metaverse? — ICYMI

In this week's episode of "ICYMI," we take a look at an outline for how to regulate the metaverse, another injection of federal rural broadband funding and public safety data shared across states.

The metaverse seems to be on everyone's mind.

A quick Google search turns up hundreds of news articles. A quick survey of the field suggests those in the know are either bullish of its business potential, skeptical of its possible applications, anxious at the possibility of our world resembling that of "Ready Player One" or concerned about the safety implications of a digital world without guardrails present.

In other words, the metaverse is a complicated subject.

This week, the "In Case You Missed It" crew examines the metaverse from a different perspective: regulatory. A framework published online by Bradley Tusk, a political strategist and former deputy governor of Illinois, gives governments some direction on how to approach regulation of the metaverse.

Then the crew discusses the additional funding funneling into rural broadband programs and how the Federal Communications Commission plans to improve accountability for its broadband infrastructure program.

Lastly, the U.S. Justice Department recently announced the launch of a new state data-sharing program seeking to provide aggregated and standardized public safety data to agencies. We break down the benefits having such data could provide.


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“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris and Gov Tech Assistant News Editor Jed Pressgrove as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.