Foundations for Grassroots Democratic Metaverse

Ehud Shapiro, Nimrod Talmon

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While the physical lives of many of us are in democracies (one person, one vote - e.g., the EU and the US), our digital lives are mostly in autocracies (one person, all votes - e.g., Facebook). Cryptocurrencies promise liberation but stop short, at plutocracy (one coin, one vote). What would it take for us to live our digital lives in a digital democracy? This paper offers a vision, a theoretical framework, and an architecture for a grassroots network of autonomous, people-owned, people-operated, and people-governed digital communities, namely a grassroots democratic metaverse. It also charts a roadmap towards realizing it, and identifies unexplored territory for further research.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2022


  • cs.CY
  • cs.AI
  • cs.DC
  • cs.MA
  • cs.SI


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