Towards an Ethical Metaverse: A Systematic Literature Review on Privacy Challenges

Xie R, Kirchner-Krath J, Morschheuser B (2024)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Conference contribution, Conference Contribution

Publication year: 2024

Publisher: AIS Electronic Library

Pages Range: 1 - 16

Conference Proceedings Title: ECIS 2024 Proceedings

Event location: Paphos CY



Along with the increasing interest in the metaverse as a new space for social interaction, privacy challenges that arise from new forms of data collection and usage have received notable research interest. Still, researchers and practitioners lack a structured overview of these privacy challenges as a foundation to explore measures that allow for safe and protected interaction in an ethical metaverse. To bridge this gap, we conducted a systematic literature review. We find that interaction in the metaverse carries the risk of revealing more sensitive personal data than in the traditional Internet. Moreover, we identify metaverse privacy challenges on different stakeholder levels, which often mirror those from the traditional Internet. Nevertheless, the metaverse also introduces novel facets to existing challenges due to its unique characteristics. These facets are discussed across six essential dimensions of privacy. Based on our findings, we provide recommendations for building a safe and secure metaverse environment.

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Xie, R., Kirchner-Krath, J., & Morschheuser, B. (2024). Towards an Ethical Metaverse: A Systematic Literature Review on Privacy Challenges. In ECIS 2024 Proceedings (pp. 1 - 16). Paphos, CY: AIS Electronic Library.


Xie, Runjie, Jeanine Kirchner-Krath, and Benedikt Morschheuser. "Towards an Ethical Metaverse: A Systematic Literature Review on Privacy Challenges." Proceedings of the Proceedings of the Thirty-Second European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2024), Paphos AIS Electronic Library, 2024. 1 - 16.

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