“Abogamer,” activist and scholar
Micaela Mantegna is a lawyer and activist specialized in video games and XR policy, artificial creativity and artificial intelligence ethics.
Currently a TED Fellow, and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, her research focuses on metaverse ethics and governance; generative artificial intelligence, creativity and copyright. She was part of the external red team that contributed to evaluate OpenAI’s DALL·E 2 Preview (https://github.com/openai/dalle-2-preview/blob/main/system-card.md).
She has authored several articles and papers at the intersection of gaming, ethics, XR, creativity and artificial intelligence, and collaborated in the second edition of ‘Mastering the Game- Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers’.
Her first book “ARTficial: creativity, artificial intelligence and copyright” is currently on press, forthcoming September 2022.
Known as the “Abogamer”, she is a seasoned public speaker, having presented talks and lectures for governments, organizations (WIPO, IADB, House of Beautiful Business, etc), corporations and universities in over 27 countries, at conferences like TED, Game Developers Conference (GDC), Games for Change Festival, GamesBeat, RightsCon, Internet Freedom Festival, More Than Just a Game, XR Safety Week, amongst others.
As a diversity advocate, she is the founder of Women In Games Argentina (WIGAr), a non-profit working towards a more inclusive gaming industry; and a Women in Games International (WIGJ) Ambassador, having been distinguished as their 2021 “Outstanding Individual Ambassador of the Year” award, and being named as one of GameIndustry’s 2021 “Gamechangers”.
She holds a Masters on Intellectual Property from the World Intellectual Property Organization/ San Andres University, with a dissertation on Generative AI and copyright. Also, she is the AI Governance and Ethics professor at the Center for Technology and Society (CETyS), and the recipient of the 2017 Google Policy Fellowship for her research on algorithmic governance.
Due to her intersectional expertise on AI ethics, Internet governance and innovation, she was invited by the Argentinian government to collaborate in Argentina’s National AI Plan, drafting the AI ethics and regulation chapter.